the wire


: 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.

Examples of the wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The final vote could go down to the wire, according to Marc Robinson, a former GM economist and game-theory expert who has been blogging about the strike. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 Today alone the prosecutors seem to have the wire fraud case involving FTX customers made, and are close to making the conspiracy to commit securities fraud on investors in FTX. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 6 Oct. 2023 On Tuesday, the Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, sued the Biden administration over agents’ cutting of the wire, saying the practice damaged Texas property and harmed the state’s effort to deter migrant arrivals. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 The Democratic state chairpersons also said Texas ought to immediately take down the wire. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, 19 Oct. 2023 As the settlement crossed the wire, Bauer released a video talking about the ordeal and revealed damning messages from the woman to her friends. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 3 Oct. 2023 If border agents don’t cut the wire, crossers deploy blankets and items of clothing to climb over the obstruction, or tunnel through it, often ending up bloodied. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 In 1911, Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes plunged a mercury wire into liquid helium and noticed that the wire’s electrical resistance vanished. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Sep. 2023 Down to the wire Lindskog can’t stay in his seat anymore. Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 See More

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“The wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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