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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.

purpledragon_13 December 17, 2002, 8:40pm

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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.

yog March 17, 2003, 6:14pm

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