Meaning of “run out the clock” in the English Dictionary

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"run out the clock" in British English

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run out the clock

also run down the clock US

to use all the time that is still available:

He was supposed to fall on the ball, allowing San Jose to run out the clock.

(Definition of “run out the clock” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"run out the clock" in American English

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run out the clock

also run down the clock

to use all the available time:

He was supposed to fall on the ball, allowing San Jose to run out the clock.
The president's strategy is to run the clock down until the elections, then win control of Congress.

(Definition of “run out the clock” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)