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a race against the clock

Definition of a race against the clock

  1. :  a situation in which someone has to do something very quickly because there is not much time <It was a race against the clock to finish the job on time.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the act of running

    :  a strong or rapid current of water flowing through a narrow channel

    :  a watercourse used industrially

  1. :  to compete in a race

    :  to go, move, or function at top speed or out of control

    :  to revolve too fast under a diminished load

  1. :  a breeding stock of animals

    :  a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock

    :  a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics

  1. :  in opposition or hostility to

    :  contrary to

    :  in competition with

  1. :  in preparation for the time when

  1. :  a device other than a watch for indicating or measuring time commonly by means of hands moving on a dial

    :  any periodic system by which time is measured

    :  a registering device usually with a dial

  1. :  to time with a stopwatch or by an electric timing device

    :  to be timed at

    :  to register on a mechanical recording device

  1. :  an ornamental figure on the ankle or side of a stocking or sock

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a sculptured or ornamented band

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