down to the wire

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At the very end of a process or project, especially one with a fast-approaching deadline.

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  • From horse racing: approaching the wire that marks the winning line.
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He was almost done with the paper, but tomorrow's due date meant it would be down to the wire.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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Down to the WireRight up to the closing date/time, Running out of time;
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