clock is ticking, the

clock is ticking, the

The time (for something to be done) is passing quickly; hurry up. For example, The clock is ticking on that project. This allusion to a stopwatch is often used as an admonition to speed something up. It also is used in more specific form- one's biological clock is ticking-meaning that a woman may soon be too old to bear a child, as in Her biological clock is ticking-she just turned forty.
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The clock is ticking, the girl is still alive and the listener knows where she is, but the FBI is slowly, painstakingly combing huge amounts of land.