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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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Chairing a fortnightly meeting to review the performance of NAB's operation, prosecution and all regional bureaus at NAB Headquarters, Chairman NAB said that NAB is the only organization which has prescribed a maximum time limit of 10 months for expeditious disposal of mega corruption white collar crime cases which is a challenging task but we are committed to beat the clock by putting hard work and ensuring corruption free Pakistan as per law.
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Lahore -- PTI nominee for the slot of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar Saturday vowed to beat the clock for brining much-anticipated change in the province.
LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister's (CM) nominee Usman Buzdar on Saturday vowed to beat the clock for brining much-anticipated change in the province.
Defending champions Boeung Ket beat the clock to see off rivals NagaWorld 3-2 following a controversial penalty on the stroke of regulation time to reclaim top spot in the standings at the end of the first phase of the Metfone C-League season Stadium on Sunday evening.
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President Trump is expected to announce tariffs on China, while a $1.3 tln spending bill is on Capitol Hill as legislators try to beat the clock before the Friday midnight deadline for another government shutdown.
More than half of Britain was watching the show at its height and Bruce's early talent as a game show host were evident in the popular Beat The Clock segment when members of the audiences were invited to compete for prizes.
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They must beat the clock in order for Christmas to be back on track.