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English definition of “down to the wire”

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down to the wire

until the last moment that it is possible to do something: I think the election will go right down to the wire (= be won at the last moment).
Translations of “down to the wire”
in Chinese (Traditional) 直到最後一刻…
in Chinese (Simplified) 直到最后一刻…
(Definition of down to the wire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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