against the clock
phrasal 1. with or within a time constraint <
working against the clock
>
2. with clocked speed rather than the order of finish as the criterion for placement <
trial races against the clock
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • against\ the\ clock — • against time • against the clock adv. phr. 1. As a test of speed or time; in order to beat a speed record or time limit. John ran around the track against time, because there was no one else to race against. 2. As fast as possible; so as to do… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • against the clock — See: AGAINST TIME …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • against the clock — See: AGAINST TIME …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • against the clock — If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • against the clock — adverb as fast as possible; before a deadline it was a race against the clock • Syn: ↑against time * * * against the clock 1 : in order to do or finish something before a particular time On our last project, we were working/racing against the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • against the clock —    If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.     They are working… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • against the clock — 1) trying very hard to finish something before a particular time Staff are working against the clock to meet the deadline. 2) if you run, swim etc against the clock, you are running, swimming etc for a particular distance as fast as possible …   English dictionary

  • race against the clock — in sport, if people race against the clock, they try to race faster than a particular time instead of racing against other people. In time trials, cyclists race against the clock …   New idioms dictionary

  • work against the clock — to work very fast because you know you only have a limited period of time to do something. Scientists were working against the clock to collect specimens before the volcano erupted again …   New idioms dictionary

  • race against the clock — race against time/the clock a race against time/the clock an attempt to do something very quickly because there is only a short time in which it can be done. Rescuers were racing against time last night to reach the four divers, trapped 200 feet… …   New idioms dictionary

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