Definition of home straight in English:

home straight

(North American home stretch)

noun

British
  • 1The straight final stretch of a racecourse:

    ‘he dominated the race in the home straight’
    • ‘Mubtaker, who had held the lead into the home straight, was edged out into second spot while Irish hope High Chaparral had to settle for third.’
    • ‘The pair went neck-and-neck down the home straight but Truckers Tavern, ridden by Davy Russell, showed greater staying power to win by two-and-a-half lengths.’
    • ‘The next time Royal carriages drive down the home straight at York racecourse they will be cheered on by thousands of race-goers.’
    • ‘Spencer had taken his mount to the front in the home straight.’
    • ‘Revelling in the fast conditions at Ascot, Falbrav takes the lead in the home straight and eats up the ground, finishing two lengths ahead of Russian Rhythm.’
    • ‘Four years later in Sydney he was passed down the home straight by the unknown Kenyan Noah Ngeny.’
    • ‘Coming into the home straight after a fast-paced race, Irish raider Helvetio moves to the head of the field and looks to be cruising.’
    • ‘Kieren Fallon's mount is going well turning into the home straight of the marathon race but looks as if he cannot get a clear run.’
    • ‘When you're coming down the home straight, the adrenaline carries you on.’
    • ‘‘I was frightened to death coming up the home straight that someone would catch me,’ she said.’
    • ‘However, another gap appeared entering the home straight and he easily went through it to beat the front-running Shabernak by half a length.’
    • ‘Allen burst past Harrop as she turned into the home straight and broke the line seven seconds ahead of the beleaguered long-time leader.’
    • ‘However, by the time the field turned into the home straight, he had been pegged back by the chasing pack.’
    • ‘Entering the home straight the pair have extended their lead to a comfortable 10 lengths.’
    • ‘Along the home straight of the track, time and time again he pushed himself to the point of exhaustion, his spiked shoes echoing around the empty stands.’
    • ‘The white colt took up the lead coming into the home straight but faded in the final furlong.’
    • ‘The champion jockey kept the four-year-old in contention before grabbing the lead from Persian Punch in the home straight and powering on for home.’
    • ‘Going into the home straight, there was nothing to choose between the two, but over the closing 100 yards, the winner found the extra speed to take the race by three quarters of a length.’
    • ‘But disaster struck coming down the home straight.’
    • ‘Free Spirit showed great turn of speed on the home straight of the 10-furlong race to win by two lengths.’
    1. 1.1 The last part of an activity or campaign:
      ‘heading down the home stretch to Tuesday's final’
      • ‘The special planning section of the Department of the Environment has been beefed up, with planners being drafted in from local authorities as the consultation phase of the spatial plan enters the home stretch.’
      • ‘From about Thursday on, the home stretch of the course, spirits are high.’
      • ‘As the nation enters the home stretch of the 2004 Presidential election, the campaign appears to be headed for a photo finish.’
      • ‘Here in America, we have entered the home stretch of the campaign season.’
      • ‘With the campaign in the home stretch, what else can the candidates do to win on Tuesday?’
      • ‘We were in the home stretch of our high school careers; June would bring graduation, separation and higher education.’
      • ‘When the country is, hopefully, heading for the home stretch towards membership of the European Union, it cannot afford such question marks to be raised.’
      • ‘Now in the home stretch of our placements, we worked to finish the projects we had started.’
      • ‘As presidential campaigning hits the home straight, Kerry's team has raised $186m compared with $228m for Bush.’
      • ‘I'm in the home stretch on my projects and will return in a week or two.’
      • ‘And today in Canberra, Alexander Downer says the negotiations entered the home stretch.’
      • ‘So now we're in the homestretch, and I see it all with crystalline clarity.’
      • ‘Now that the debates are over, we're in the home stretch.’
      • ‘Anyway, we're into the home stretch here at work, and most of the semester exams have finished, so most of the students have gone home.’
      • ‘I'm in the home stretch now - fourteen cities down, one city to go.’
      • ‘As the campaign enters the home straight, the struggle to gain an advantage is likely to become even more rambunctious than it has been already.’
      • ‘‘It's been very difficult, but we're through with the worst of it and we're on the homestretch now,’ he added.’
      • ‘This campaign has been really long, and it's now the home stretch.’
      • ‘Everything really is fine and we're on the homestretch, I promise.’
      • ‘She is now on the home stretch, having travelled almost 28,000 km during her journey, which started in January.’

Pronunciation

home straight