a race against time/the clock

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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 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

a race against time

a situation in which someone attempts to do or complete something before a particular time or before something else happens.
See also: race, time

a ˌrace against ˈtime/the ˈclock

a situation in which you have to do something or finish something very fast before it is too late: It was a race against time to reach the shore before the boat sank.
See also: clock, race, time
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IT WAS quite literally a race against the clock. A speed chess tournament in Huddersfield almost failed to get going when it was found only two of the special clocKs used to record moves were WORKING properly.
A jigsaw with the Suregrave name and pictures of Formula 1 racing cars in different colours had to be completed in a race against the clock. Fastest finisher got a Formula One Experience package from Everyman Motor Racing Activities.
"Managing carpal tunnel injuries is a race against the clock," said Intracorp's Nancy Wiese, national medical director, disability management "We can help both employers and employees win that race by quickly getting injured workers to a qualified physician, providing the physician with transitional duty options, keeping employees focused on return to work and finalizing transitional duty assignments."
From then on, it was a race against the clock to build the machines and program their movements for one or both of the tasks in the contest.