run out the clock Meaning in the Cambridge 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)

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run out the clock

(also run down the clock) to use all the ​availabletime: 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 ​wincontrol of ​Congress.
(Definition of run out the clock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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