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down to the wire

Until the last possible second. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Negotiations went down to the wire, but we did in fact agree on a new contract by the deadline.
See also: down, wire

live wire

1. A wire through which electricity is running. The power cable was severed when the car hit the pole, and the end of the live wire fell onto the windshield.
2. A very lively or energetic person. Greg's such a live wire that it's tough to keep up with his stories!
See also: live, wire




1. n. a spy smuggled into a place. Marlon thought Lefty was a wire.
2. tv. to install electronic eavesdropping equipment. Somebody wired the mayor’s office.
3. Go to (live) wire.