Submitted by Dyske • December 17, 2002
Where did the “wire” come from?
December 18, 2002, 1:40am
See this web site. It explains this phrase and also other English cliches.
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March 17, 2003, 11:14pm
This is a better URL: http://members.aol.com/MorelandC/HaveOriginsInd...
The phrase refers to the finish line in a horse race, a string streched across the track. A very close race is uncertain "down to the wire," that is, to the end.
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