race against the clock

race against the clock

1. noun An attempt to accomplish something in a short amount of time. After getting a flat tire, it was a race against the clock to make it to the airport in time.
2. verb To act quickly to accomplish something in a short amount of time. Jen's going to have to race against the clock if she wants to get her story in tomorrow's newspaper—it's almost time to send it to the publisher!
See also: clock, race

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.
See also: clock, race
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This emotionally charged series follows three patients in every episode, minute by minute from the 999 call, as frontline doctors and paramedics race against the clock to treat their injuries.
Valcke raised a number of concerns over stadiums in Natal, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo as they race against the clock to be completed in time for the start of the World Cup on June 12.
Miley Cyrus faces a race against the clock to recover in time for her European tour after an "extreme" allergic reaction to medication for a sinus infection.
Mary Martin and Patrick Grant are on judging duties with Claudia Winkleman hosting (all above), as 10 skilful sewers race against the clock to run up items in a variety of fabrics.
5 kilometers better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago.
Brussels, Safar 16, 1435, Dec 19, 2013, SPA -- European Union finance ministers agreed late Wednesday on a scheme to wind down troubled banks, in a race against the clock to hammer out a deal this year, so the crisis-thwarting measure can be agreed with EU lawmakers and come into effect by 2015, according to dpa.
5-kilometre race against the clock from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon.
Mose Buchele of KUT News reports for StateImpact Texas on the race against the clock to save the antelope, which must now contend with the ravages of the drought.
Batman has to race against the clock to restore order, thwart the archvillains and save Gotham.
It was then a race against the clock and Turnbull kept the pressure on to finish in first place, and a personal best time of 31.
Barca were left facing a race against the clock to arrive at Osasuna's Reyno de Navarra stadium in time for the scheduled 8pm kick-off after a day of confusion stemming from the air traffic controllers' strike in Spain.
18, 2010 (TAP) - Tunisia's cyclist Rafaa Chtioui won a gold medal this morning at the race against the clock held in the south-eastern suburb of El Mourouj, as part of day 4 of the Arab cycling championships held here up to next October 21.
Justin lost his race against time so I've set myself a challenge - to race against the clock and finish the run in under 1 hour 30 minutes.
From the New York March issue: An environmental group is in a race against the clock to block the possible development of 138 acres surrounding the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.
The Warwick University graduate is one of six pairs of celebrities set to race against the clock to follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and Michael Palin.