Home stretch

Home stretch
Stretch Stretch, n. 1. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination. [1913 Webster]

By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

2. A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land. [1913 Webster]

A great stretch of cultivated country. --W. Black. [1913 Webster]

But all of them left me a week at a stretch. --E. Eggleston. [1913 Webster]

3. The extent to which anything may be stretched. [1913 Webster]

Quotations, in their utmost stretch, can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

This is the utmost stretch that nature can. --Granville. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board. [1913 Webster]

5. Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal. [1913 Webster]

{To be on the stretch}, to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.

{Home stretch}. See under {Home}, a. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • home stretch — n [singular] 1.) also home straight BrE the last part of a race where there is a straight line to the finish 2.) the last part of an activity or journey in/into the home stretch ▪ as the election campaign headed into the home stretch …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • home stretch — home straight or home stretch noun 1. The last stretch of a racecourse 2. The final or winning stage of anything • • • Main Entry: ↑home * * * home stretch, 1. the straight part of a race track between the last turn and the finish line. 2. the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Home stretch — Home Home, a. 1. Of or pertaining to one s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts. [1913 Webster] 2. Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust. [1913 Webster] 3. (Games) In various games, the ultimate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • home stretch — The home stretch is the last part of something, like a journey, race or project …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • home stretch — (in BRIT, also use home straight) 1) N SING: the N The home stretch or the home straight is the last part of a race. Holmes matched Boulmerka stride for stride down the home straight to finish second. 2) N SING: the N You can refer to the last… …   English dictionary

  • home stretch — the last part of the journey or race    On the home stretch we drove slower. We wanted to feel relaxed when we got home …   English idioms

  • home stretch — noun a) The final part of a race course from the last curve to the finish line. I think were finally on the home stretch with this project. b) The final part of a distance or the final effort needed to finish …   Wiktionary

  • home stretch —    The home stretch is the last part of something, like a journey, race or project.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Home stretch —   The home stretch is the last part of something, like a journey, race or project …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • home stretch — finišo tiesė statusas T sritis Kūno kultūra ir sportas apibrėžtis Tiesioji nuotolio dalis prieš finišo liniją. atitikmenys: angl. home stretch vok. Zielgerade, f rus. финишная прямая …   Sporto terminų žodynas

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