Definition of under the wire in US English:

under the wire

phrase

North American
informal
  • At the last possible opportunity; just in time.

    • ‘‘I just got in under the wire, age-wise,’ she says.’
    • ‘I know that you hate how they get their payments in just under the wire.’
    • ‘As she galloped under the wire, the seven-year-old daughter of Desert King eclipsed the Australian earnings record held by three-time Horse of the Year Sunline.’
    • ‘And the art was good enough that no-one's grumbling about how late it was, even though it really came in just under the wire, and I'm madly rewriting to make it work.’
    • ‘He called the place and just barely made it under the wire for the deadline for an interview.’
    • ‘Find out how new procedures might squeeze in under the wire in our ‘Brainstorm’ segment.’
    • ‘Deadline's tomorrow, and I won't be slipping in under the wire.’
    • ‘I'm getting in just under the wire, which pleases me, as I generally leave things of this ilk till it is far too late for me to remedy the situation.’
    • ‘Could 2006 be the year when I stop skidding under the wire at the last minute and begin a systematic plan of action, ticking off life's events with time to spare, instead?’
    • ‘Then there are those who come softly, slipping so silently under the wire that, if you don't look hard enough, can easily be mistaken for the status quo.’
    just in time, not a moment too soon, almost too late, at the critical moment
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