down to the wire


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down to the wire

Until the last possible second. Negotiations went down to the wire, but we did in fact agree on a new contract by the deadline.
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down to the wire

To the last minute; to the very end. For example, We're just about down to the wire with this project. This term comes from horseracing, where it was long the practice to stretch a wire across and above the track at the finish line. It was extended to figurative use about 1900.
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down to the wire

COMMON If you do something down to the wire, you continue doing it until the last possible moment. Sutton claims the race for the championship will go right down to the wire. Negotiations are likely to go down to 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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down to the wire

used to denote a situation whose outcome is not decided until the very last minute. informal
This expression comes from horse racing and originated in North America, where a wire is stretched across and above the finishing line on a racecourse.
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down to the wire

mod. until the very last minute. We went right down to the wire on that one.
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down to the wire

Informal
To the very end, as in a race or contest.
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I know people will say it is over for us, but we will fight down to the wire and hopefully that will be enough to keep us in the league.
Giggs added: "I'm sure the neu go down to the wire, but if Arsenal come to Old Trafford needing to pick up points against us Wenger's confidence will come back to haunt him.
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We knew this was going to come down to the wire, but when freezer space is at a premium, only one can rise to the top.
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The only thing I can guarantee is it's going to go down to the wire.
It would be nice for this campaign and the next one to go down to the wire and have a right good go at it.
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RYAN GIGGS has admitted Manchester United only have themselves to blame for allowing their Champions League bid to go down to the wire.
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