to race against time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - race against time

"to race against time"

to hurry or rush to do something before a deadline


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - race against time

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 time 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 time

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 time to get all my chores done before the baby wakes up again.

to race against time - Usage:


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to race against time - Gerund Form:

Racing against time, the ambulance sped towards the hospital.

to race against time - Examples:

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

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

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

4)  The industry will also be racing against time 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 time to make deliveries. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19)  ... are racing against time before Tropical Cyclone Ita hits. 

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