in at the finish

in at the finish

Included in the ending or culmination of something. I hoped to be in at the finish of this movie shoot, but I guess the director had other plans.
See also: finish
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in at the death/finish

Present at the end, usually meaning at someone’s ruin, but sometimes only at the climax of an important event. The term comes from fox hunting, where, in the eighteenth century, it denoted the presence of hunters and hounds at the killing of a fox they had run to ground. By 1800 the term was being transferred to other kinds of demise.
See also: death, finish
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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