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run the clock down

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 has started to run the clock down to hold on for a win. It seems like a risky strategy, Jim. There's a lot of game time left for them to start running the clock down already.
See also: clock, down, run
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"The Prime Minister is going to shut this Parliament down so he can spend four weeks running the clock down. We could instead use that time to run him out of office."
That leaves the option of running the clock down to No Deal.
Running the clock down, so there is no chance for our voters to actually have a deal on the table.
A frantic last ten minutes saw the rattled Vikings recompose themselves and, keeping the ball tight, they eventually worked their way back into the Pumas half, running the clock down to no side, and captain Simon Cormack, an inspirational presence throughout the game, lifted the Cup.
She may still hope that by running the clock down further, more of her MPs - and perhaps the DUP - may come round to that jittery way of thinking.
Huddersfield took the ball from the re-start with their forwards intent on running the clock down by working it through a series of close quarter phases.
"Their experience shone through with midfielders Stephen Dawson and Neil Bishop buying fouls and taking control of the game and running the clock down.
But he was unhappy at the way his team gave the ball away in the closing stages when they should have made the most of their numerical advantage by keeping possession and running the clock down.
He shouldn't see it as defeatist to try and kill a game by taking it into the corner and running the clock down.
"When you are running the clock down in the game you have to keep the ball away from the opposition.
It would put the onus on the winning team to keep playing rather than shutting up shop and running the clock down. I really feel the lawmakers need to address this issue, and the clock should be stopped to avoid this kind of, dare I say, "gamesmanship".
It's been a long time since we saw Barca under pressure at the end and running the clock down like that," added the Spain international.
Even running the clock down in the last five minutes, normally someone crosses it, the keeper catches it and pumps it up the pitch.
It kept the Rams in the contest and with the Vikings appearing to be more concerned with running the clock down than getting a clinching score, the home side took advantage.
The forwards realised they were down to the last five minutes and they picked and drove, running the clock down. Fezan and Sam Gaudie were injured but both refused to come off.