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- (sports) A line marking the end of a race.
The five exhausted runners crossed the finish line one after the other.
- (figuratively, by extension) The end of a process.
2017 January 21, Andy Hunter, “Gylfi Sigurdsson and Swansea stun Liverpool in five-goal thriller”, in the Guardian:
- The race to the finish line has started already according to Jürgen Klopp and by those punishing standards Liverpool have faltered badly.
line marking end of a race