a race against time

idiomatic phrase
variants: or a race against the clock

Definition of a race against time

: a situation in which something must happen or be done quickly because little time is available Divers pulling the 12 boys and their soccer coach from the cave were in a race against time, with the threat of rains making an already difficult rescue even more urgent.— Richard C. Paddock and Muktita Suhartono … as everyone argued back and forth about whether to enter arbitration …, the issue of time came up. For some in the group, this was a race against the clock due to their illnesses and the need for medical treatment.— Steven Allen Bruce

First Known Use of a race against time

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“A race against time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20race%20against%20time. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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