be down to the wire

To be unresolved until the last possible second. Negotiations are down to the wire, and I'm worried we won't agree on a new contract by the deadline.
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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.
See also: down, 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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Wong became notorious for his down-to-the-wire dashes to the Croisette with "2046" and "In the Mood for Love," and last year, Malick kept fest officials waiting until the last minute before it became disappointingly clear that "The Tree of Life" would not be ready in time.
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.
The tactics contrast sharply with those of the WGA and SAG, which used drawn-out bargaining and down-to-the-wire talks to reach deals earlier this year.
In the meantime, Capitol Hill is a frenzy of down-to-the-wire lobbying and arm-twisting.
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.
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.
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.