eat up/run out/kill the clock

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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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“Eat up/run out/kill the clock.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eat%20up/run%20out/kill%20the%20clock. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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