to race against the clock

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - race against the clock

"to race against the clock"

to hurry or rush to do something before a deadline


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - race against the clock

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I see the deadline for your big project has been moved up a week.

Colleague 2:  I am going to have to race against the clock now.

Colleague 1:  I suppose you will be putting in some long hours.

Colleague 2:  Yes. And finding ways to work far more efficiently if I want to meet the new deadline.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - race against the clock

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is motherhood? Is your new baby sleeping well?

Friend 2:  She is sleeping two or three hours at a time.

Friend 1:  I guess you sleep when you can then.

Friend 2:  Sometimes. Mostly it is a race against the clock to get all my chores done before the baby wakes up again.

to race against the clock - Usage:


to race against the clock - Gerund Form:

Racing against the clock, the ambulance sped towards the hospital.

to race against the clock - Examples:

1)  ... the government is once again in a race against the clock to implement reforms that will unlock further bailout funds.

2)  Other international federations now face a race against the clock with the opening ceremony only 11 days away, ...

3)  Humanitarian agencies are racing against the clock to prepare for the humanitarian impact of the military campaign.

4)  The industry will also be racing against the clock because the stringent Euro 6 emission standard will kick in from January 2018.

5)  ... the little things that can mean a big deal to businesses racing against the clock to make deliveries. 

6)  Investigators are racing against the clock to find the black boxes which are expected to stop emitting signals on June 24.

7)  The opposition is racing against the clock to organise the referendum by the end of the year, ...

8)  We are all guilty of racing against the clock but we need to take time to actually sit down and talk to our kids.

9)  Food producers are racing against the clock to meet the deadline for salt reduction in the most basic foodstuff products.

10)  ... and set about desperately siphoning fuel from vehicles, racing against the clock whilst keeping a horde of gnashing teeth at arm's length.

11)  We are racing against the clock to control bleeding before irreversible damage occurs to the brain and other organs.

12)  ... especially given the men will be racing against the clock to make it to Brazil after the final major of the year. 

13)  Government negotiators from around the world are racing against the clock to finalise a universal agreement to tackle climate change by the end of the UN ...

14)  We're racing against the clock here to get as much done as we can.

15)  ... are racing against the clock to snap up established properties before the first home owners grant is cut, 

16)  We're racing against the clock because the monsoon is in about 30 days.

17)  They knew they were racing against the clock, but they didn't know when what they feared would strike.

18)  Horne and his crews have been racing against the clock for months to fill orders.

19)  ... are racing against the clock before Tropical Cyclone Ita hits. 

20)  ... and racing against the clock to deliver all our shipments to northern communities before the summer waters froze back up.