beat the clock


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beat the clock

To take action or finish a task before a deadline. We have to get these pages to the printer by 8, so work faster, people—we've got to beat the clock! Somehow, they were able to beat the clock and get to their seats before the bride walked down the aisle.
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beat the clock

Fig. to do something before a deadline; to finish before the time is up. (Alludes to accomplishing something before a clock reaches a specific time.) Sam beat the clock, arriving a few minutes before the doors were locked. They were afraid they would be late and hurried in order to beat the clock.
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beat the clock

Finish something or succeed before time is up, as in The paper went to press at five o'clock, and they hurried to beat the clock. The term comes from various sports or races in which contestants compete within a certain time limit.
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beat the clock

perform a task quickly or within a fixed time limit.
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beat the ˈclock

finish a task, race, etc. before a particular time
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There are three game modes: Beat the Clock, Target Tally, and Relay Race.
They must beat the clock in order for Christmas to be back on track.
And he was battling to beat the clock in a swoop that would have seen Blackburn wideman Liam Feeney, left, arrive until January.
As host of Beat The Clock - an audience participation game on the show - Bruce pretended to become irate with contestants telling them: "I'm in charge
Celebrity contestants lined up for later episodes in the series include actress Pam Ferris, Gaby Roslin, Louie Spence and Gemma Cairney, but in this opening edition DJ Edith Bowman transforms a gaudy Hawaiian shirt, Embarrassing Bodies medic Dr Dawn Harper, pictured, proves she can stitch up more than just cuts, and Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters tries to beat the clock to make a 1950s-style dress.
Celebrity contestants in the later episodes include Pam Ferris, Gaby Roslin, Louie Spence and Gemma Cairney, but in this opening edition DJ Edith Bowman transforms a gaudy Hawaiian shirt, Embarrassing Bodies medic Dr Dawn Harper proves she can stitch up more than just cuts, and Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters tries to beat the clock to make a 1950s-style dress.
04 seconds in Germany yesterday to lower his 100 best, will be among the crop of rising stars bidding to beat the clock in Glasgow on Friday at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix.
NEWCASTLE United are bidding to beat the clock in order to have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse on the away bench at Ewood Park tomorrow night.
STAFF beat the clock with the import of endangered primates from Israel.
Record Breaker beat the clock when powering home at Hamilton recently and can follow up in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (5.