in the home stretch

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in the home stretch

In the midst of the final portion of an activity, project, competition, etc. Likened to the straightaway at the end of a race. The bulk of the work is behind us—we're in the home stretch now!
See also: home, stretch

in the (home) stretch

mod. in the last stage of the process. (From horse racing.) We’re in the homestretch with this project and can’t change it now.
See also: home, stretch