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Re: Phrase origin

Posted by Henry on May 27, 2003

In Reply to: Phrase origin posted by Neville Henry on May 27, 2003

: Greetings
: could anyone tell me the meaning and origin of "down to the wire"

It is generally attributed to the wire above the finishing line at a race course. The wire was to help judges decide close finishes. Decisions thus went down to the wire.