a race against time

idiomatic phrase

variants or a race against the clock
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of a race against time was in 1814

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Cite this Entry

“A race against time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20race%20against%20time. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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