fall at the last hurdle

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fall at the last 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 last hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
See also: fall, hurdle, last
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Hapless Graham, 33, is not the only person to come close to a record only to fail at the last hurdle.
I have seen four FA Cup semi-finals with Blues and in three of them, against West Brom in 1968 and twice against Fulham in 1975, we were the better team, only to fail at the last hurdle.
Hapless Liverpudlian Graham, 33, is not the only person to come close to a record only to fail at the last hurdle.