Idioms

Origin of wire

before 900; Middle English wir(e) (noun), Old English wīr; cognate with Low German wīr, Old Norse vīra- wire, Old High German wiara fine goldwork
Related forms
Can be confusedwhy're wire
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British Dictionary definitions for down to the wire

wire

/ (waɪə) /

noun


verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formswirelike, adjective

Word Origin for wire

Old English wīr; related to Old High German wiara, Old Norse vīra, Latin viriae bracelet
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Idioms and Phrases with down to the wire (1 of 2)

down to the wire

To the last minute; to the very end. For example, We're just about down to the wire with this project. This term comes from horseracing, where it was long the practice to stretch a wire across and above the track at the finish line. It was extended to figurative use about 1900.


Idioms and Phrases with down to the wire (2 of 2)

wire

see down to the wire; get one's wires crossed; live wire; pull strings (wires); under the wire.


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