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    Cool down to the wire

    (1) What is "down to the wire" inthesentence: N-deal down to the wire, dealyed by pet bills in the U.S. Senate,

    (2) meaning of "Pet Bill" in the above sentence.

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    Default Re: down to the wire

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    Down to the wire = full of suspense; especially : unsettled until the very end.

    Pet bills = those pieces of proposed legislation that are favoured / particularly supported by individual lawmakers.
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    Default Re: down to the wire

    Quote Originally Posted by rameshpahwa View Post
    (1) What is "down to the wire" inthesentence: N-deal down to the wire, dealyed by pet bills in the U.S. Senate,

    (2) meaning of "Pet Bill" in the above sentence.
    "Down to the wire" is an idiom that came form racing (probably horse racing). When a race is very close, the outcome can't be predicted until one (nose) reaches the "wire" at the finish line.

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