race against

race against (someone or something)

1. noun An attempt to accomplish something in a short amount of time. Typically followed by "time" or "the clock." After getting a flat tire, it was a race against the clock to make it to the airport in time. It will be a race against time to get these donor kidneys to the hospital before the ice packs melt.
2. noun A competitive time or speed trial against someone or something Let's have a race against the two fastest runners and see who wins! Hey, wanna race against me? I bet I can win!
3. verb To compete in such a trial. He wants to race against my old mustang, convinced his souped-up new hotrod can compete! Hey, wanna race against me? I bet I can win!
4. verb To act very quickly or attempt to accomplish something in a short amount of time. Typically followed by "time" or "the clock." 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! The doctors are racing against time in their efforts to cure Mary's disease.
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race against someone or something

to attempt to win a trial of speed against someone or something. I don't want to race against Kelly. She is too fast. I had to race against time to get there before the baby got worse.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I traveled with awful velocity for my errand was a race against time with death.
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"Now for that matter, old trapper," said Paul, stretching his athletic form like a mastiff conscious of his strength, "I am on the side of the captain, and am clearly for a race against the fire, though it line me into a Teton wigwam.
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He said: "It was a race against time to get it to the show."
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This is a horse destined to race against better class in the future and, with a low draw a bonus, should complete a three-timer with the minimum of fuss.
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The former deputy minister in charge of Islamic affairs reportedly won after a close race against former wing vice-chief and fellow senator Khairul Azwan Harun.
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