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.

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