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go down to the wire

Reading John Grisham's "The Chamber":
Virtually all oral arguments take place in the morning, beginning at nine, your case is a bit different because it's a death case that's going down to the wire.
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    When something is "down to the wire," it means it is getting close to a deadline, to a point before which something can still be done, but after which nothing further can be done. It means that something is going to continue to happen until the very last minute.

    In the Grisham novel, what the speaker is saying is that "your case will keep on going until the very end, unlike other cases, in which almost everything is decided in the morning." There will continue to be oral arguments, etc., about your case until the last possible minute.

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