endgame

end game

noun
1.
Chess. the final stage of a game, usually following the exchange of queens and the serious reduction of forces.
2.
the late or final stages of any activity: the end game of the negotiations.
Also, endgame.


Origin:
1880–85

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endgame (ˈɛndˌɡeɪm)
 
n
1.  Also called: ending the closing stage of a game of chess, in which only a few pieces are left on the board
2.  the closing stage of any of certain other games

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endgame
1884, from chess, from end + game. There is no formal or exact definition of it in chess. It begins when most of the pieces have been cleared from the board.
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