from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A line that marks the end of a course for racing.

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  • n. A line marking the end of a race.
  • n. The end of a process.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a line indicating the location of the finish of a race


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  • I ran down Alii Drive, exhausted but somehow still smiling, and then I heard the roar of the crowd cheering, felt the air against my skin, saw the brightly lit finish line looming ahead of me.

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  • When an undersize gelding named Robby Don crossed the finish line six lengths ahead of the field, Stuey started running around the red-carpeted floor of the racebook like a maniac.

    One of a Kind

  • Argentin was behind him, but just yards from the finish line he hit his brakes, slowing enough to let the other two riders pass him.


  • He was not only picturing himself crossing the finish line in front of thousands of other runners, he was convinced that he would finish first.

    Make Yourself Unforgettable

  • In the final round, facing the always-tough Brad Jeter, John simply wouldn't be denied, taking his JEGS High Performance Chevy S-10 to the finish line first, and proudly representing the Coughlin family in the winner's circle of the annual Springnationals.

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  • Then, minutes later, Alexander Zulle did even better, crossing the finish line in 8:07.


  • The finish line was a few yards away. “go! ” I head.

    Magicians of Gor

  • Otxoa crossed the finish line just forty-one seconds ahead of Lance.


  • Even so, it had appeared hopeless, up until the final yards when they had managed to increase their speed a tiny bit more and at the finish line they had beaten the yellow jersey by a gumillionth of a millimeter.

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • You now have two options: You can give up and lay writhing in pain on the hot asphalt of spiritual mediocrity, or like Derek Redmond, you can resolve to persevere in this race until you finally reach the finish line that Jesus has placed before you.

    The Courage To Be Christian


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