The 'beginning' and 'end' group
These nouns refer to the beginning, middle, or end of a time or task.
beginning end finish groundwork home straight middle outset spadework start
I hated the school. From the beginning I wished I had gone somewhere else.
By the end, we all felt pretty disillusioned.
We're doing a lot of the groundwork for you.
We are entering the home straight and the pace is going to pick up, so we have to be able to stay with it.