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back +‎ stretch


backstretch (plural backstretches)

  1. the part of a racecourse that is farthest from the grandstand and parallel to the homestretch.
  2. the area adjacent to a racetrack where the horses are stabled and stable employees have temporary living accommodations.
  3. The middle part of an event
    • 26 June 2014, A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together[1]
      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.

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