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against the clock

Definition of against the clock

  1. 1 :  in order to do or finish something before a particular time <On our last project, we were working/racing against the clock to finish the job on time.>

  2. 2 sports, of a race :  determined by measuring the time of each racer with the racer with the fastest time winning <One by one the skiers sped downhill, racing against the clock.>

Word by Word Definitions

  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

Seen and Heard

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expressing little or no emotion

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