work against the clock

work against the clock

To try to do something in a very limited amount of time. We'll have to work against the clock to finish our presentation in time for the convention, but I think we'll be able to get it done.
See also: clock, work
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The participants will need to work against the clock individually or in groups of up to three people.
Once a heart does become available, the surgeons and hospital staff music work against the clock to perform this highly complex operation.
Once a heart does become available, the surgeons and hospital staff must work against the clock to perform this highly complex operation.
Milk and dairy produce logistics is a delicate process requiring solutions where you have to work against the clock so it is important to have a strong and reliable logistics solutions partner.
Consolidation and shipping--Export: Once the order consolidation process begins, DHL associates work against the clock to prepare an outbound shipment in time to deliver it to an airline before the lockout period, after which freight can't be loaded.
Howevs, when Zayn announced his departure from the boyband in March publishers had to work against the clock to update the froggy characters.
Red Bull are braced for a reality check as they and partners Renault work against the clock to fix the troublesome 1.6 litre V6 hybrid turbo engine and its complicated new energy recovery systems.
After brainstorming ideas across a range of fields, including health, education, film, music, business and science, the future tech titans went to work against the clock.After a few sleepless nights, the teamsthen faced the panel as they presented their final ideas to the competition'sjudgeson Sunday.
But the fact that they have to work against the clock has left a bitter taste for MEPs.
Sherlock has to work against the clock to navigate the obstacle course devised to encumber the detective in his bid to find the culprit.
They work against the clock seven days a week to get the edition off to the printers in sufficient time to enable it to be distributed throughout Britain and Ireland for morning consumption.
The team of cyclists were one of ten Midlands-based teams at PricewaterhouseCoopers taking part in Challenge 500 - a fund-raising programme in aid of the Prince's Trust, which invites teams of up to six people to work against the clock to raise money.
The children, from schools across Tyne and Wear, gathered at Nissan Sports and Social Club to test their memories, build a pharaoh's tomb, work against the clock to do a jigsaw and then form a mini company.
They work against the clock to get the sports cars loaded onto a car transporter.
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