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under the wire

Definition of under the wire

chiefly US

  1. :  before something ends :  at the end of the time when it is still possible to do something :  just in time <Her application got/came in just under the wire.>



Word by Word Definitions

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  facing or protruding downward

    :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

wireplay
  1. :  metal in the form of a usually very flexible thread or slender rod

    :  a thread or rod of such material

    :  wirework

  1. :  to provide with wire :  use wire on for a specific purpose

    :  to send or send word to by telegraph

    :  to connect by or as if by a wire


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