|Against the clock (Learn English idioms)|
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Learn a new idiom: against the clock
To do something against the clock is to do it very fast because you know you only have a limited period of time to finish it.
Boy: "Mom, will you have time to help me with my homework today?"
Mother: "Sorry, I won't. I'll be working against the clock to finish my presentation."
The City Council is racing against the clock to have everything ready for the visit of the Prime Minister on Saturday.