Fail at the last hurdle - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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fall at the last hurdle
To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the last hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
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References in periodicals archive
"They've worked so hard to get to this point, it will be shame to see them fail at the last hurdle
Hapless Graham, 33, is not the only person to come close to a record only to fail at the last hurdle
I have seen four FA Cup semi-finals with Blues and in three of them, against West Brom in 1968 and twice against Fulham in 1975, we were the better team, only to fail at the last hurdle
Hapless Liverpudlian Graham, 33, is not the only person to come close to a record only to fail at the last hurdle