fall at the final hurdle

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fall at the final hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the final hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
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He went through rigorous training to become a guide dog in 2013, only to fail at the final hurdle.
Haskell is desperate to join that company and warned England's players will regret it for the rest of their careers if they fail at the final hurdle on Saturday.
McDonald is praying Dons are in luck as the season reaches its climax - but he insists Aberdeen will only have themselves to blame if they fail at the final hurdle.
For the 'golden generation' to fail at the final hurdle would be heartbreaking, especially having challenged for the title for much of the Six Nations' nine-year history.
Both the under-19s and under-16s came close to emulating their younger school colleagues as they reached the regional semi-finals only to fail at the final hurdle with the older girls being defeated by Wrekin College and the under 16s going out to Nuneaton's Higham Lane, both of whom went on to win their respective tournaments.
For Lewis to fail at the final hurdle for the second year running, at the same track and with the same points difference was just too difficult to come to terms with.
The England manager-elect saw his team fail at the final hurdle on a night of bitter disappointment for Middlesbrough's players and fans in Eindhoven.
O'Leary was at Lansdowne Road on Wednesday to see his fellow countrymen fail at the final hurdle against Switzerland.
Recent history favours Preston as they have won both league games 2-1 but Davies is aware those statistics will count for nothing should his men fail at the final hurdle.
Virgo man's mum, he believes, make sthe perfect creme brulee and time after time most eateries fail at the final hurdle.
But it was City who held the edge for much of the opening 45 minutes only to fail at the final hurdle with poor finishing.
But the new Rangers manager will have taken heart from the attitude of his players, who created a string of good scoring chances only to fail at the final hurdle.
The four-year-old golden Labrador retriever cross went through rigorous training to become a guide dog in 2013, only to fail at the final hurdle.
But even if they fail at the final hurdle the Italian's job is secure.
Mark McGhee's men dominated much of their battle against rivals Sunderland, only to fail at the final hurdle - and then fall to a last-gasp goal.