fall at the last hurdle

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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We've had a couple of campaigns when we had belief at the start but have fallen away, way short, but this time we didn't fall at the last hurdle," he said.
We can't wait to see who'll bag a spot in the prestigious final and who'll fall at the last hurdle.
That's the verdict of manager Guy Easterby, who watched his men fall at the last hurdle for the second season in succession last May.
IT'S been a gruelling 12 weeks and, as the cruel reality TV-loving public, we're all sat on the edge of our seats dying to see who will fall at the last hurdle.
Don't fall at the last hurdle and buy furnishings and accessories that don't measure up.
However, while it is only natural our players will be nervous before the game, I'm sure it will be worse for the home team who know only too well what it is like to fall at the last hurdle.
Coaches and supporters were proud of the girls, who ran their hearts out and gave everything, only to fall at the last hurdle.
We've done better than most people expected but it's disappointing to fall at the last hurdle.
With a major Press, TV and Online campaign starting on 22nd September 2010 relaunching its 'Taste-the-Difference' range, Sainsbury's has moved to ensure that its suppliers, of over 1000 individual products chosen for the quality of their ingredients, authenticity and great taste, don't fall at the last hurdle - Retail Ready Packaging.
Now Roy Hodgson's side, with three wins from the last four games, have escaped the dreaded bottom three - and Bullard says they won't fall at the last hurdle.
P atrick Merrigan, one off the lead in the conditional riders' title race, was taken for x-rays after a heavy fall at the last hurdle on Satin Rose, but luckily he had only sprained an ankle.
I'm such a student of the game, I've seen so many fighters fall at the last hurdle because they're looking too far ahead.
I always seem to fall at the last hurdle and I am not getting younger.
South African star Robbie Fleck last night rallied Bath for their Zurich Premiership day of destiny, and declared: 'We don't want to fall at the last hurdle.