beat the clock


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beat the clock

To take action or finish a task before a deadline. We have to get these pages to the printer by 8, so work faster, people—we've got to beat the clock! Somehow, they were able to beat the clock and get to their seats before the bride walked down the aisle.
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beat the clock

Fig. to do something before a deadline; to finish before the time is up. (Alludes to accomplishing something before a clock reaches a specific time.) Sam beat the clock, arriving a few minutes before the doors were locked. They were afraid they would be late and hurried in order to beat the clock.
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beat the clock

Finish something or succeed before time is up, as in The paper went to press at five o'clock, and they hurried to beat the clock. The term comes from various sports or races in which contestants compete within a certain time limit.
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And this weekend there will be both forwards and backwards driving as competitors aim to beat the clock around a series of marked out courses.
MAYNOR FIGUEROA beat the clock to make his second Wigan debut, but he could not beat Millwall keeper David Forde.
Celebrity contestants lined up for later episodes in the series include actress Pam Ferris, Gaby Roslin, Louie Spence and Gemma Cairney, but in this opening edition DJ Edith Bowman transforms a gaudy Hawaiian shirt, Embarrassing Bodies medic Dr Dawn Harper, pictured, proves she can stitch up more than just cuts, and Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters tries to beat the clock to make a 1950s-style dress.
Celebrity contestants in the later episodes include Pam Ferris, Gaby Roslin, Louie Spence and Gemma Cairney, but in this opening edition DJ Edith Bowman transforms a gaudy Hawaiian shirt, Embarrassing Bodies medic Dr Dawn Harper proves she can stitch up more than just cuts, and Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters tries to beat the clock to make a 1950s-style dress.
BEAT THE CLOCK (1955) BRUCE FORSYTH kept things tick- ticking over as one of hosts of Beat The Clock.
BEAT THE CLOCK (1955) BRUCE FORSYTH kept things tick-tick ing over as one of hosts of Beat The Clock.
Celtic are looking to BEAT THE clock and UEFA red tape to have Mubarak Wakaso on board for tomorrow night.
04 seconds in Germany yesterday to lower his 100 best, will be among the crop of rising stars bidding to beat the clock in Glasgow on Friday at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix.
The runners will snake their way through the capital's streets aiming to beat the clock and many, often in fancy dress, will be looking to raise much-needed cash for favourite charities.
NEWCASTLE United are bidding to beat the clock in order to have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse on the away bench at Ewood Park tomorrow night.
STAFF beat the clock with the import of endangered primates from Israel.
The pair were picked out of the audience to complete tasks to win a prize in the game show part of the programme called Beat The Clock.
We see all the signs and symptoms of fear or anxiety, and we reach for our MAR to see what we can do to quickly alleviate the problem and go on with all of our other work as we rush to beat the clock.
HONDURAN COUP LEADERS TRY TO BEAT THE CLOCK (Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles)
Record Breaker beat the clock when powering home at Hamilton recently and can follow up in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (5.