Meaning of “down to the wire” in the English Dictionary

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"down to the wire" in British English

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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).

(Definition of “down to the wire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"down to the wire" in American English

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down to the wire

having a result that is not known until the end:

I think the election will go right down to the wire.

(Definition of “down to the wire” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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