down-to-the-wire

*down-to-the-wire

Fig. waiting until the very last moment; right up to the deadline. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) It came down-to-the-wire before I turned the proposal in. We went right down-to-the-wire on that one.
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If history is any indication, this should be a down-to-the-wire game
So it figured the 13-year veteran - who had a modest nine points and nine assists in a Game 1 blowout - would come up big in a tight, down-to-the-wire Game 2 at the Delta Center.
In Division III, Westlake's down-to-the-wire quarterfinal 35-32 loss to upstart Righetti in Santa Maria had all of the right elements for a classic football game - big plays, big performances and big stakes.
17 LSU (10-2) won its second bowl game in as many seasons under coach Gerry DiNardo and kept up the recent Peach streak of down-to-the-wire finishes.
Here, coming off a down-to-the-wire home triumph over Seattle which took their Tuesday record to 5-0, the Lakers hoped to finally snap their twin jinxes.
one of the four most powerful people in Congress when it comes to doling out transportation dollars, declared that the 405 Freeway is now ``a player'' in the cutthroat, down-to-the-wire race for highway money.
Viewers will experience first-hand the pressure of last minute re-writes (Bravo's camera is with Stewart when he receives a revised script that sit well with the accomplished actor), Miller's own surprise at the preview audience's reaction, and down-to-the-wire technical difficulties just hours before the curtain goes up.
Both are undefeated after two weeks of league competition, and are also coming off down-to-the-wire victories last week - as Hart rallied to defeat Canyon 22-21, and Valencia's 22-16 victory over Burroughs of Burbank ended with Burroughs on Valencia's 1-yard line.
While Beverly Hills cruised to 11-7 and 13-5 victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals, coach Bill Bellatty's team was familiar with down-to-the-wire finishes.
Even though the Xtreme has had three consecutive down-to-the-wire finishes, head coach Al Luginbill says his nerves are fine and his heart is ticking as strong as ever.
In their first meeting since Crespi of Encino won the Mission League title in last year's regular-season finale, Loyola defeated the host Celts 3-1 on Friday for the Cubs' first league victory in what is expected to be another down-to-the-wire race.
After prolonged debate, intensive arm-twisting and down-to-the-wire compromises, Congress approved landmark legislation in late 1999 to overhaul the financial-services industry.
Bobby Houston's peripatetic lens captures it all: the down-to-the-wire prelaunch snafus, the "Will they make it to the starting gate?
The Dodgers, in the midst of what is beginning to look like a down-to-the-wire division race, failed to extend their 1 1/2-game lead over the San Diego Padres, who also lost Tuesday.