eat up/run out/kill the clock

idiom

US, sports
: to keep control of the ball or puck near the end of a game so that the opponent will not have a chance to score
We kept moving the ball to try to eat up the clock.
If we can run out the clock, we can keep our lead and win.

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eat up/run out/kill the clock

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“Eat up/run out/kill the clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eat%20up%2Frun%20out%2Fkill%20the%20clock. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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