come down to the wire

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come down to the wire

To be unresolved until the last possible second. Negotiations came down to the wire, but we did in fact agree on a new contract by the deadline.
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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We pride ourselves on the friendships we have got and are a tight group which will help when it comes down to the wire.
It should be a contest that comes down to the wire, but the Bruins' offense might be just a little too good for the Wildcats to keep them out of the Elite Eight.
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.
If it comes down to the wire in our final game against Italy, no one will be disappointed with this foray by the Irish into Europe.
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 mats and defend your business' intellectual property.
AN unpredictable Manchester City wouldn't be Birmingham's first choice of opponents as the FA Women's Super League 1 title race comes down to the wire.
Lewis said, I kind of liken it to buying a house where you have to get all these pieces together, and it always comes down to the wire.
They really can make the difference when it comes down to the wire.
When everything comes down to the wire, strong school spirit has the ability to capsize any game of strength and might.
But it now comes down to the wire with any two of the three clubs in with a chance of promotion.
What every airmen needs to realize is when it comes down to the wire, someone has to deploy and it's every airman's responsibility to maintain his or her readiness at all times.
Personally I'd like to have a little more time as it comes down to the wire.
Belief is everything when it comes down to the wire and there are others who seem to understand that better than our man.
As the planning comes down to the wire, she admitted there's one thing they can't do anything about, except keep their fingers crossed.