Submitted by Dyske  •  December 17, 2002

Down to the Wire

Where did the “wire” come from?

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See this web site. It explains this phrase and also other English cliches.

http://216.239.53.100/search?q=cache:f-EUBliOow...

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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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