beat the clock

Definition of beat the clock

  1. :  to do or finish something quickly before a particular time <In a desperate attempt to beat the clock, I raced to mail my tax return before midnight.>

Word by Word Definitions

beatplay
  1. :  to strike repeatedly:

    :  to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

    :  to walk on :  tread

  1. :  a single stroke or blow especially in a series

    :  pulsation, tick

    :  a sound produced by or as if by beating (see 1beat)

  1. :  being in a state of exhaustion :  exhausted

    :  sapped of resolution or morale

    :  of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. :  beatnik

clockplay
  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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