race/work against time

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of race/work against time

: to do something quickly because one has only a small amount of time
  • We're working against time to finish this book.
  • They raced against time to get her to the hospital.

Word by Word Definitions

race play
  1. : the act of running

  2. : a strong or rapid current of water flowing through a narrow channel

  3. : a watercourse used industrially

  1. : to compete in a race

  2. : to go, move, or function at top speed or out of control

  3. : to revolve too fast under a diminished load

  1. : a breeding stock of animals

  2. : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock

  3. : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics

work play
  1. : to perform work or fulfill duties regularly for wages or salary

  2. : to perform or carry through a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations

  3. : to exert oneself physically or mentally especially in sustained effort for a purpose or under compulsion or necessity

  1. : activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something:

  2. : activity that a person engages in regularly to earn a livelihood

  3. : a specific task, duty, function, or assignment often being a part or phase of some larger activity

  1. : suitable or styled for wear while working

  2. : used for work

  3. : involving or engaged in work

against play
  1. : in opposition or hostility to

  2. : contrary to

  3. : in competition with

  1. : in preparation for the time when

time play
  1. : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : duration

  2. : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

  3. : leisure

  1. : to arrange or set the time of : schedule

  2. : to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

  3. : to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. : of or relating to time

  2. : recording time

  3. : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment


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