eat up/run out/kill the clock

idiom

Definition of eat up/run out/kill the clock

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.

Word by Word Definitions

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

run play
  1. : to go faster than a walk

  2. : to move at a fast gallop

  3. : flee, retreat, escape

  1. : an act or the action of running : continued rapid movement

  2. : a quickened gallop

  3. : a migration of fish (as up or down a river) especially to spawn

  1. : being in a melted state

  2. : made from molten material : cast in a mold

  3. : having made a migration or spawning run

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

kill play
  1. : to deprive of life : cause the death of

  2. : to slaughter (an animal) for food

  3. : to convert a food animal into (a kind of meat) by slaughtering

  1. : an act or instance of killing

  2. : a decisive act that conclusively secures something (such as a deal or win)

  3. : something killed: such as

  1. : channel, creek

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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