“This project is going down to the wire.” 「このプロジェクトはぎりぎりになりそう。」

“This year’s election really went down to the wire.” 「今年の当選は最後まで結果わからなかったね。」


A wire is stretched across the finish line in a horse race. It’s used to measure which horse crossed the finish line first. In a very close race, we don’t know the result until the horses reach the wire. We can use this idiom to describe something when we won’t know the outcome (Will the project be a success? Who will win the election?) until the very last second.