run out the clock(redirected from ran out the clock)
run out the clock
In sports, to protect a lead by using up as much remaining time in a game or match as possible 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 will certainly try to run out 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 running out the clock already.