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kill the clock

In sports, to protect a lead by using up as much possible time that remains in a game or match without giving the opposing team a chance to score, generally by maintaining a passive or defensive strategy. With just a narrow two-point lead, the home team is trying to kill the clock to hold out for a win. I don't know, Jim, there's a lot of game time left for them to start killing the clock.
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And it was that stubborn defence which sealed victory in the dying moments, a huge tackle from Daniel Thomas dislodging the ball out of Rory Scannell's grasp for Davies to plant a superbly weighted kick into the corner, killing the clock and frustrating Ireland.
This is the best present in the world today," gushed Torres, who gained 103 of his yards in the second half when Southbridge was killing the clock.
Everybody must exert efforts for a solution around these principles instead of killing the clock," he said.
Specifically, why did Arizona run into the line instead of kneeling and killing the clock in the final 90 seconds?
I think we did a pretty good job of killing the clock.