run down the clock

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run down the clock

In sports, to protect a lead by using up as much possible time that remains in a game or match without giving the opposing team a chance to score, generally by maintaining a passive or defensive strategy. With just a narrow two-point lead, the home team is trying to run down the clock to hold out for a win. I don't know, Jim, there's a lot of game time left for them to start running down the clock already.
See also: clock, down, run
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WHAT HE WROTE: "Should I succeed in agreeing a deal with the EU, Parliament will then have the opportunity to pass the Bill required for ratification of the deal ahead of 31 October." WHAT HE MEANT He's running down the clock on Parliament ramping up the pressure for MPs to vote through a deal - if he gets one with the EU - in order to avoid the UK crashing out.
A hospice is running down the clock as it prepares for a community family fun run.
Players taking as much time as possible to leave the field from the half-way line, running down the clock with victory in sight, drives supporters to distraction when their team are on the losing side.
One senior Tory source told The Press and Journal: "Labour are just running down the clock. They want to drag it out 'til October and we haven't got that time.
MPS are avoiding the collapse of democracy by finally doing their job in preventing Mrs May from running down the clock towards a no-deal catastrophe that no-one voted for three years ago .
We may be looking at a new Dark Ages" Ben Elton "The absolute priority at the moment is to end this chaos the Government has brought us to by their endlessly running down the clock and basically bullying and threatening people.
Mr Corbyn was expected to tell his MPs on Monday night: "The Prime Minister is recklessly running down the clock, in an attempt to force MPs to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous No Deal."
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the prime minister of "recklessly running down the clock".
The Conservative Government is running down the clock in an attempt to blackmail Parliament into accepting Theresa Mays bad deal over a chaotic no deal.
The second half consisted of Loughborough searching for the equalizer and County Hall running down the clock which was a credit to the home side who over the years have had precious little return from games against the local government team.
We are all waiting, with a growing suspicion that Prime Minister Theresa May really is, as her critics say, "running down the clock".
Some Conservative and many opposition lawmakers accuse May of "running down the clock", edging Britain closer to the exit date to try to force parliament into a choice between backing her deal or leaving without an agreement.
Sir Keir earlier said his plan was necessary to put a "hard stop" to Mrs May "running down the clock" before the March 29 deadline.
He said that by delaying a vote by MPs, May was "recklessly running down the clock, all in a shameful attempt to make her own bad deal look like the lesser of two evils".