against the clock

adverb
as fast as possible; before a deadline
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it was a race against the clock

Syn: ↑against time

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against the clock
1 : in order to do or finish something before a particular time

On our last project, we were working/racing against the clock.

It was a race against the clock to finish the job on time.

2
◇ If a race is against the clock, the time of each racer is measured and the racer with the fastest time wins.

One by one the skiers sped downhill, racing against the clock.

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Main Entry:clock

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against the ˈclock idiom
if you do sth against the clock, you do it fast in order to finish before a particular time

It was a race against the clock to get the building work finished in time.

Main entry:clockidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • against\ the\ clock — • against time • against the clock adv. phr. 1. As a test of speed or time; in order to beat a speed record or time limit. John ran around the track against time, because there was no one else to race against. 2. As fast as possible; so as to do… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • against the clock — See: AGAINST TIME …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • against the clock — See: AGAINST TIME …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • against the clock — If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • against the clock —    If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.     They are working… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • against the clock — phrasal 1. with or within a time constraint < working against the clock > 2. with clocked speed rather than the order of finish as the criterion for placement < trial races against the clock > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • against the clock — 1) trying very hard to finish something before a particular time Staff are working against the clock to meet the deadline. 2) if you run, swim etc against the clock, you are running, swimming etc for a particular distance as fast as possible …   English dictionary

  • race against the clock — in sport, if people race against the clock, they try to race faster than a particular time instead of racing against other people. In time trials, cyclists race against the clock …   New idioms dictionary

  • work against the clock — to work very fast because you know you only have a limited period of time to do something. Scientists were working against the clock to collect specimens before the volcano erupted again …   New idioms dictionary

  • race against the clock — race against time/the clock a race against time/the clock an attempt to do something very quickly because there is only a short time in which it can be done. Rescuers were racing against time last night to reach the four divers, trapped 200 feet… …   New idioms dictionary

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