under the wire

under the wire
adverb (or adjective)
1. : at the finish line

the third horse under the wire

2. : before a deadline : at the last moment

pay one's taxes just under the wire

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under the wire (chiefly N American informal)
At the last minute
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Main Entry:wire

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under the wire informal phrase
just before the time when something ends or the time when it must be finished

A few last-minute applications for the job slipped in under the wire.

Thesaurus: in or on timesynonym
Main entry: wire

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informal at the last possible opportunity; just in time

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under the wire
chiefly US : before something ends : at the end of the time when it is still possible to do something

Her application got/came in just under the wire. [=just in time]

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Main Entry:wire

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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