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(the) clock is ticking

1. There is only a finite amount of time left. The clock is ticking, so be sure to complete your exams efficiently so you don't have to skip questions. They have a chance to tie the game, but the clock is ticking. I know it is a pessimistic view, but in my mind, the clock is ticking on the human race.
2. Of a woman, there is a limited amount of time in which to be able to conceive a child. I've been very successful in my career and want to see it to its fullest, but I would also love to have kids, and I know my clock is ticking. For women who may want to have children, the clock is always ticking—a concern that men never have to worry about.
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We need to tell him that the clock is ticking on the Tory party NHS wreckers and on people like him.
The clock is ticking to January, but the clock is ticking for me too.
But the clock is ticking and only 405 days remain until the deadline.
As for his chances of finally getting a Major, the clock is ticking, Monty.
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.
AS one of more than a million Americans living with Parkinson's disease - a progressive degeneration of certain brain cells that control my ability to move, to swallow, to speak - for me the clock is ticking.
The clock is ticking away the minutes of 1999, a year when the consequences of technology, intended and unintended, will coincide to force change.
February provides the incentive, the clock is ticking away and it is a target date to get this resolved.
BBC bosses want the duo, whose Saturday morning show Dick and Dom in da Bungalow was a Bafta-winning hit, to front the new National Lottery quiz, The Clock is Ticking.