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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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The time (for something to be done) is passing quickly; hurry up. For example, The clock is ticking on that project. This allusion to a stopwatch is often used as an admonition to speed something up. It also is used in more specific form- one's biological clock is ticking-meaning that a woman may soon be too old to bear a child, as in Her biological clock is ticking-she just turned forty.
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The clock is ticking as the regulator is cutting off PPI claims.
The clock is ticking to find a buyer otherwise it will just continue to deteriorate and whatever can be done to find a buyer should be considered.
Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS is saying things like "the NHS should be run like a business" and "the clock is ticking for the NHS".
I will go for a biological baby this time because clock is ticking for me," Sen told reporters.
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.
Oncologist Dr Hamish Wallace, from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, one of the researchers who made the breakthrough, said: 'In essence, it means we now have the potential to be able to tell a woman how fast her biological clock is ticking and how much time she has before it will run down.
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.
Einstein expanded our universe by showing that not only will an observer on the yellow clock (in the article's illustration) conclude that the orange clock is ticking slower, but an observer on the orange clock will conclude that the yellow clock is ticking slower, and both will be correct
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.