stage of the game

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stage of the game

A particular point in a process or situation. I can't give you an update at this stage of the game—I have some more work to do on your car. After a year, you're at the stage of the game where you're in a serious relationship—whether you can admit it to yourself or not. The candidate's poll numbers are pretty dire at such a late stage of the game.
See also: game, of, stage
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