come down to the wire

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come down to the wire

To be unresolved or have an outcome that is in question until the last possible moment. Negotiations came down to the wire, but we did in fact agree on a new contract by the deadline. I expect this game to come down to the wire, with the winner being whoever has the ball last.
See also: come, down, wire

go, come, etc. (right) down to the ˈwire

(informal) if you say that a situation goes down to the wire, you mean that the result will not be decided or known until the very end: Most people are predicting a very close game, quite possibly going right down to the wire.
In this idiom, the wire refers to the finishing line in races.
See also: down, wire
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Anyone who has had their heart, and wallet, broken at the track knows how easily the favorite can lose when it comes down to the wire. And while handicappers give the edge to the ever topical Oliver, or Corden, the colt that bolted out of nowhere to capture the Zeitgeist through viral videos, there's always a chance for an upset.
"We have a tight contest for champion apprentice on our hands and if it comes down to the wire have prepared for presentations to take place at both Ascot and/or Catterick," said Great British Racing's head of PR Harriet Collins.
And when it comes down to the wire, and licensing isn't an option, you and your team may have to go to the mat and defend your business' intellectual property.
And when it comes down to the wire, and licensing isn't an option, you and your team may have to go to the mats and defend your business' intellectual property.
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But it now comes down to the wire with any two of the three clubs in with a chance of promotion.