the home stretch

the home stretch

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 now—we're on the home stretch!
See also: home, stretch

the home stretch

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the home straight

The home stretch or the home straight of a long or difficult activity is the last part or stage of it. My wife's pregnancy has reached the home stretch. We are now on the home straight: next year will see the launch of the first satellites. Note: The home stretch or home straight is the final part of a horse race.
See also: home, stretch
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Liverpool must maintain their aggression in the home stretch of the Premier League season, staying angry to help their push for a top-four finish, manager Jurgen Klopp said.
LAHORE -- Bay colt Prince of Gowalmandi staged a stirring charge down the home stretch to claim the Zahid Prince Cup by a big margin of seven lengths during the Lahore Winter Meeting at the Racecourse here on Sunday.
As expected Yazeed, along with HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Thani's Ebraz, the HH The Emir's Sword winner, put on a cracker of a show in the penultimate race of the day, as Yazeed, holding a slight advantage on the home stretch under Stephan Ladjadj, registered his second straight victory for trainer Alban de Mieulle.
With the holiday shopping season about to hit the home stretch, most consumers say they will spend about the same as last year.
Gareth Wyn Williams LIKE a good long distance runner timing the pace just right for the home stretch.
But even if there is a little more slippage in the timescale, it would appear that we are on the home stretch.
We are on the home stretch of the season and into the last three games.
Having sustained verbal assaults from all sides as the nominal front runner, Macron is increasingly hitting back as France's 2017 presidential race enters the home stretch.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has emerged as one of Donald Trump's most vocal surrogates in the home stretch of the presidential election.
Clement entered the home stretch in first place and hung on for victory in a 2016 world best 47.
European Commission spokesman Andrus Ansip said: "We're in the home stretch now before the end of roaming charges in 2017.
Heath, now a three-time winner in the Scottish capital, added: "I kept waiting for Mo to kick past me in the home stretch, because I could hear people shouting.
Jono Dunnett set off from Clacton Pier in Essex on June 7 and is now on the home stretch as he stopped over in Suffolk last night.
Progress has been made to contain Ebola, but the home stretch is proving to be more difficult.
By late November, the Department's 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) was headed into the home stretch, and Department offices were holding fundraisers to help bureaus hit their 2014 goals.