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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I suppose I'll always be looking for the ultimate performance, when every pass goes where it should go, and every shot hits the back of the net, but we really are coming down to the wire in the next few weeks and it's vital that we don't leave anything in the locker.
Despite Team Beau Geste's continued dominance, the championships were not without their surprises, with Division A ORCi coming down to the wire.
With the play-off race coming down to the wire, Wilson also called on the fans to get behind the team to help them get over the line.
Being aggressive may also pay off when the season is coming down to the wire.
The couple also released excerpts from a letter written by their son in which he feared "it may very well be coming down to the wire here".
More than 10,000 members of the public voted for the winners online - with all the categories coming down to the wire.
Competition was fierce both on and off the field, with many of the nine races coming down to the wire, while the judges had a hard time selecting winners for the 'Most Creative Hat,' 'Best Dressed Man,' 'Best Dressed Couple,' 'Most Elegant Lady' and 'Best Dressed Lady and Hat'.
I thought it would be a cool idea to have my kids get involved in a real-life conservation project coming down to the wire.
I had one last morning to hunt, and it was coming down to the wire when I spotted him--an awesome-looking buck with prongs that flared straight outward.
The main message now is we're coming down to the wire.
Going up there and playing at Oregon and being that close, and coming down to the wire and not being able to finish was a little heartbreaking.
But the league is coming down to the wire and it is crucial that we keep focus for this last game.
Coming down to the wire on a new federal mandate requiring the use of tamperresistant prescription pads for all Medicaid prescriptions beginning Oct.
Coming down to the wire on a new federal mandate requiring the use of tamper-resistant prescription pads for all Medicaid prescriptions, lawmakers in the House and the Senate passed legislation in late September that would delay the mandate's start until March 31, 2008.
Here we are, coming down to the wire, facing the reality of our home within the next year, and we're still working on our goal.