the wire

noun

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: a thin piece of string that the winner of a race breaks through at the end of the race The marathon ended in a sprint to the wire by the two top runners. often used figuratively The election went/came (right) down to the wire.

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“The wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20wire. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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