- a telegram.
- the telegraphic system: to send a message by wire.
verb (used with object), wired, wir·ing.
verb (used without object), wired, wir·ing.
Origin of wire
British Dictionary definitions for down to the wire
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for wire
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)
see down to the wire; get one's wires crossed; live wire; pull strings (wires); under the wire.