backstretch (plural backstretches)
- (athletics, horse racing) Synonym of .
- (horse racing) An area next to a racetrack used to stable the racehorses and house employees.
- (figuratively) The middle part of an event.
2014 June 26, A. A. Dowd, “Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together”, in The A.V. Club, archived from the original on 28 June 2014:
- In some respects, it might be too faithful to the genre it savages; as in many real rom-coms, the energy flags during the plot’s backstretch, and audiences may share the drifting interest of Kyle (Bill Hader) and Karen (Ellie Kemper), who come to regret ever asking Joel and Molly to chronicle their meet-cute.