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Down to the wire


Impending deadline. Success at the last possible moment. Also used as under the wire. (Compare to Skin of your teeth.)

 Taxes are due tomorrow and I haven’t sent them in so now I’m down to the wire.”

 “After months of asking her to marry me I said she was under to the wire to decide.”

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