fall at the final hurdle

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.
See also: fall, final, hurdle
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The Oranje made it all the way to the final in South Africa in 2010, only to fall at the final hurdle as Andres Iniesta's extra-time goal secured Spain a 1-0 win.
According to Sport24, there was disappointment for Ferrer, who had come through an awkward draw to beat Gael Monfils, Jerzy Janowicz and Nicolas Almagro only to fall at the final hurdle.
As recently as two years ago Sacriston led the NTSL title race into the last round of fixtures only to fall at the final hurdle, but they are hoping for a much different outcome this time around.
But 12 wins out of 12 - and that historic first away win against Bangor - will count for nothing if they fall at the final hurdle today.
Alan Niven has been told his application to build 15 houses at Lathockar near St Andrews, Fife, could fall at the final hurdle because of the endangered species.
Yet again though the trophy had eluded Dundee United boss Jim McLean who watched his team fall at the final hurdle for the third time.
Coventry Plumbing and Heating Blaze coach Paul Thompson is urging his side to T play for the full 60 minutes after seeing two possible wins on the road fall at the final hurdle in the past week.
It's a general 3-1 that the two sixth seeds, the Jets and Packers, emerge victorious, while Bet365 offer 10-37 that one or both will fall at the final hurdle.
Four years after the relaunch, Van der Sar was part of an Ajax side that became one of three on the trot to fall at the final hurdle, beaten on penalties by Juventus 12 months after AC Milan had been overcome.
MARATHON man Tony Pulis is running himself into the ground to ensure Stoke do not fall at the final hurdle.
City will have to pay around pounds 1million in compensation to acquire McLeish, who saw Scotland fall at the final hurdle in their bid to reach the Euro 2008 finals by losing at home to Italy.
Kanias, pictured, who left the Vale in July this year to form the Welsh Karate Collective with Bo Channon, came within a whisker of the gold medal in the Kata, only to fall at the final hurdle against British number one Jonathan Mottram.
He was sent off a hot favourite at Kempton but was in second place behind Contraband when taking a heavy fall at the final hurdle.
At 1-3 the odds for finishing first or second, it makes him around a 13-8 chance just to fall at the final hurdle.
Having seen his side fall at the final hurdle in the past three seasons, Woodward believes his team are ready to take the top prize.