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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.
See also: race
References in classic literature ?
The cry in all Asia was, "Asia for the Asiatics!" And behind this cry was Japan, ever urging and aiding the yellow and brown races against the white.
The 2016 and 2018 national champion is favored to sweep the Yokohama Grand Touring 200 races against the likes of father-and-son tandem Paul and Paulo Ivan Santos, Andres Calma and Milo Rivera.
In the hypothetical match up against Han Kuo-yu as the KMT candidate, Han's poll results were better in races against Tsai and Lai, suggesting a victory for the KMT and defeat for the DPP and the independent Ko Wen-je.
He called upon all activists and supporters of BESA to give support in municipalities where the Union races against BDI in order to create a new political structure.
SANDS OF TIME: Gil races against the clock to find Sara in the desert
The Americans extended their lead at the top to three points after winning their eighth and ninth races against Italian outfits +39 Challenge and Mascalzone Latino Capitalia.
They are called races against time because charity bosses say tackling Aids and HIV in South Africa is a race against time.
Steve McClaren faces a nervous wait this summer as wing-wonder Stewart Downing races against time to be fit for the start of the new season.
He had the idea for the race against the tram after learning about similar races against trains and horse-drawn carriages in other parts of the country.