An example of wire is a thin round thread used to make a netting.
An example of wire is a telephone cable.
An example of a wire is a microphone hidden in a shirt of an undercover police officer.
An example of wire used as an adjective is in the phrase "wire fence," which means a fence made of such material.
This election is going to go right to the wire.
We need to wire that hole in the fence.
I'll just wire your camera to the computer screen.
I'm never going to sleep: I'm completely wired from all that coffee.
- To the very end, as in a race or contest.
- At the finish line.
- Just in the nick of time; at the last moment.
- to the very end or the very last moments
- to use private influence to achieve a purpose
- (to arrive or accomplish something) barely on time or at the last minute
- from start to finish
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of wire
- Middle English from Old English wīr wei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English wir, wyr, from Old English wÄ«r (“wire, metal thread, wire-ornament"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«raz (“wire"), from Proto-Indo-European *weyro- (“a twist, thread, cord, wire"), from Proto-Indo-European *wey- (“to turn, twist, weave, plait"). Cognate with Low German Wir (“wire"), German Wiere (“wire, metallic thread"), Icelandic vír (“wire"), Swedish vira (“to twist"), Latin vieō (“weave together"), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').