under the wire


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under the wire

Fig. just barely in time or on time. I turned in my report just under the wire. Bill was the last person to get in the door. He got in under the wire.
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under the wire

Barely, scarcely, just within the limit, as in This book will be finished just under the wire. This term comes from horse racing, where the wire marks the finish line. [First half of 1900s] Also see down to the wire.
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under the wire

mainly AMERICAN
1. If you do something under the wire, you succeed in doing it at the last possible moment. Work was completed just under the wire. One or two companies got in under the wire and made loans to executives before the U.S. ban came into effect.
2. If a person or animal goes under the wire in a race, they get to the finishing point. Elliott rode the horse hard all the way under the wire. Note: The `wire' here is a an imaginary one which the horses pass under at the end of a race.
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under the wire

mod. at the very last minute. I got it in just under the wire.
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under the wire

1. Sports At the finish line.
2. Informal Just in the nick of time; at the last moment.
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