a race against the clock

Definition of a race against the clock

: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

race play
  1. : the act of running

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

  3. : a watercourse used industrially

  1. : to compete in a race

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

  3. : to revolve too fast under a diminished load

  1. : a breeding stock of animals

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

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

against play
  1. : in opposition or hostility to

  2. : contrary to

  3. : in competition with

  1. : in preparation for the time when

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

  2. : a registering device usually with a dial

  3. : time clock

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

  2. : to be timed at

  3. : 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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