race against time


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race against time

1. noun An attempt to accomplish something in a short amount of time. It was a race against time to put out the fire before it spread to the neighboring properties.
2. verb To act quickly to accomplish something in a short amount of time. Jen's going to have to race against time if she wants to get her story in tomorrow's newspaper—it's almost time to send it to the publisher!
See also: race, time

race against time

 
1. a rush; a rush to beat a deadline. We were in a race against time to beat the deadline. It was a race against time, but we made it.
2. to hurry to beat a deadline. We had to race against time to finish before the deadline. You don't need to race against time. Take all the time you want.
See also: race, time

a race against time

COMMON A race against time is a situation in which you only have a very short time to finish an important task and you have to work very quickly. It was now a race against time to rescue people from the freezing water. But the relief efforts are a race against time and there will be more deaths unless food and water quickly reach the survivors. Note: You can also say that someone is in a race against time. The paramedics were in a race against time to treat a six-year-old girl with breathing difficulties. Note: You can also say that someone is racing against time to mean the same thing. Irene Blanthorn is racing against time to save the life of a little boy on the other side of the world.
See also: race, time
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