the last lap

the last lap

The final part of a very long journey or activity. We've got the coding nearly done, so we should be on the last lap now. I always looked forward to seeing that restaurant on the drive to my grandmother's house, because it meant we were on the last lap of the trip.
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the last lap

1. The last lap is the final part of a long activity. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. Monica is on the last lap now — she is doing six weeks medicine at Birmingham General Hospital.
2. The last lap is the final part of a journey. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. The car turned into a long avenue of pine trees, the last lap of their journey to the Venters' house.
See also: lap, last

the last ˈlap

the final part of something which has taken a long time: Her medical studies finish next year, so she’s on the last lap now.They are on the last lap of their journey round the world.
A lap is a single circuit of a running or race track.
See also: lap, last
References in classic literature ?
The two men circled about the camp twice and on the last lap Brady stooped and picked up an object which had lain about ten yards beyond the fire--it was Bradley's cap.
The sweat starts out on his forehead, and he bends over like a cyclist on the last lap of a race.
Kwemoi injected pace in the last lap to win the 25-lap race unchallenged in 28 minutes and 46.
Taiwanese female speed skater Huang Yu-ting fell at the last lap in the Women's 1,500 meter speed skating finals at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games yesterday (Feb 12).
Summary: A dramatic overtake on the last lap hands the Briton the title
Summary: Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct 18 (ANI): Finish driver Kimi Raikkonen has insisted that Ferrari would continue to push until the last lap of the last race despite losing significant points to Mercedes in the Formula One drivers' championship.
If the second-last lap had been the last lap we could have had a win because I was comfortably lying third.
That was a close one especially as Kenan is not the one you want to be battling with on the last lap," said Smith.
In a 26-strong grid, the 12-year-old from Glascoed, Abergele, won two of the heats but was 10th in another after being taken off on the last lap by a back marker.
As the day goes on, the lap times are reduced until the last lap.
1 Niels-Kristian Iversen managed to force past Joonas Kylmakorpi on the last lap of Heat 15 to keep his side eight points up, leaving Bees to reflect on earlier incidents which should have left the scores even closer.
In mixed conditions, and with Toyota's Timo Glock on old dry tyres, Hamilton, in a McLaren on the right rubber, caught the German at the final corner on the last lap to claim victory.
But Kevin Tate from Great Ayton - a little rusty after a long lay-off - suddenly hit form, cleaning the last lap until the very last section where Pete Simpson caught him for one, winning by three from Bennett, then Simpson.
The Honda Racing Team driver hit the front from Nick Foster on lap three and looked comfortable until twice running wide on the last lap.
Patel came close to overtake the two in the last hairpin of the last lap but Ikhwan maintained his poise.