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Meaning of “against the clock” in the English Dictionary

"against the clock" in British English

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against the clock

If you do something against the clock, you do it as ​fast as ​possible and ​try to ​finish it before a ​certaintime. When ​people do something against the clock, the ​time they take to do it is ​recorded, in ​order to ​find which ​person or ​attempt is the ​fastest.
(Definition of against the clock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"against the clock" in American English

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against the clock

before a ​particulartime, or within the ​allowedtime: I was ​racing against the ​clock, but I ​finished the ​test just before the ​bell.
(Definition of against the clock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “against the clock”
in Chinese (Simplified) 抢时间,争分夺秒, 计时(决名次)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 搶時間,爭分奪秒, 計時(決名次)…
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