go down to the wire

go down to the wire

To be unresolved or have an outcome that is in question until the last possible moment. Negotiations went down to the wire, but we did in fact agree on a new contract by the deadline. I expect this game to go down to the wire, with the winner being whoever has the ball last.
See also: down, go, 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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THERESA May has agreed to reveal full details of the Tories' proposed deal with the DUP as talks go down to the wire ahead of the Queen's Speech.
LEROY FER admits Swansea City are braced for their Premier League survival battle to go down to the wire - but believes returning to the home comforts of the Liberty Stadium can get Paul Clement's men back on track.
The relegation battle will almost certainly go down to the wire, with only five points separating eight teams.
TALKS aimed at thrashing out a permanent model for Scotland's funding once Holyrood gain new powers could again go down to the wire.
President Barack Obama has endorsed Sylvester Turner in the Houston mayoral runoff, a race expected to go down to the wire Saturday between the longtime state representative and former Kemah Mayor Bill King.
49 percent by the break Friday as Greeces debt reform talks go down to the wire and as mainland markets dived on concerns about high valuations with margin traders closing positions.
THE title race will go down to the wire after the top two failed to take advantage of each other's failure to win on the road.
He said: "Just a second separated the top three last year and I'm sure it's going to go down to the wire again in 2015.
Graeme McDowell holds the final position with Joost Luiten and Stephen Gallacher trying to chase him down at Albatross Golf Resort but Donaldson is hoping his participation does not go down to the wire.
We always knew this was going to be one of the tightest Six Nations and go down to the wire.
THE race for the PS4,000 first prize in the PS6,000 Racing Post/Coral Naps competition is hotting up and, with less than PS3 covering the leading trio, the competition that concludes at the end of racing on Thursday looks set to go down to the wire.
Sebastian Vettel issued an early warning to Fernando Alonso that he is not prepared for their title fight to go down to the wire, leaving his rivals in the shade in yesterday's practice.
Abu Dhabi: Both Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel deserve the F1 crown for their exploits this season, according to former McLaren driver David Coulthard, who believes the title chase will go down to the wire.
This game is almost a certainty to go down to the wire, as was the case the last time the met on the coast earlier in the year.
With one round of fixtures to go, the Under-16 League Division Two title race is set to go down to the wire.