race against

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.
See also: race
References in classic literature ?
I traveled with awful velocity for my errand was a race against time with death.
From Happy Camp to Long Lake, from Long Lake to Deep Lake, and from Deep Lake up over the enormous hog-back and down to Linderman, the man-killing race against winter kept on.
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.
Amitabh Bachchan has received a painting as a gift from his Waqt: The race against time co-star Shefali Shah.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Oct 27 (ANI): Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has received a special painting as a gift from his 'Waqt: The race against time' co-star Shefali Shah.
The coalition between BESA and the Union of Albanians anticipated mutual support in municipalities where their candidates race against BDI in the second electoral cycle.
Three men's crews will race against Cambridge University tomorrow.
FERMANAGH team captain Eoin Donnelly is in a desperate race against time to be fit for the Erne county's clash against Antrim in Brewster Park on May 31.
Leighton race against time to be fit for Everton's Europa League showdown in Wolfsburg a week on Thursday.
Race Against the Stasi By Herbie Sykes CAN it really be twenty-five years since the Berlin Wall was torn down, live on TV, without a shot fired in anger?
In their race against time, the group are challenging the likes of columnist and author Caitlin Moran, Sophie Raworth and Cambridge classics professor Mary Beard.
The 19-year-old wobbled starting the three-lap race against France and fell at the first bend.
Salaheddin Aboulgasem, who works for Islamic Relief, said: "We are in a race against time because this drought has already claimed tens of thousands of lives.
Summary: Prince William has won a dragon boat race against his new wife.
Unfortunately, he now faces a race against time to be declared fit for tomorrow's international after suffering a calf strain.