LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||04/DEZ/2012 10:03 PM|
Antoher option would be "to fall at the last hurdle".
A "hurdle" is a barrier over which contestants must leap in certain running races (in Portuguese, "obstáculo"). Imagine, for example, a horse race. The expression conveys the idea that the contestant has managed to leap all hurdles except the last one. In other words, the person has failed near the end.
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