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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.
See also: clock, kill
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They killed the clock for the last seven minutes with substitutions and just didn't allow us to get any flow in the game," Hippert said.
It was a bit of luck for us that Dave Walder missed a kicklate on, but thenwejust killed the clock and shut it out well.
They recycled the ball and killed the clock, and I applaud them for it.
But San Diego made the plays it had to have, the best coming last when Brees stayed upright long enough under three-man pressure to find Keenan McCardell over the middle on third-and-3 for the first down that killed the clock.
The Beavers, meanwhile, ground out first downs and killed the clock behind senior running back Thomas Allard, who rushed for 54 of his 101 yards in the second half.
But with 39 seconds to go, Leaf lost a fumble, and the Trojans killed the clock for a 29-24 victory.