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 under 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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Culture definitions for under the wire

under the wire


Just in time: “Nancy mailed off her application, and it got in just under the wire.” From horse racing, in which the wire marks the finish line.

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Idioms and Phrases with under the wire (1 of 2)

under the wire


Barely, scarcely, just within the limit, as in This book will be finished just under the wire. This term comes from horse racing, where the wire marks the finish line. [First half of 1900s] Also see down to the wire.

Idioms and Phrases with under 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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