American Idioms and Expressions

Against The Clock Idiom

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against the clock
What does against the clock mean?
to be in a hurry to do something before a particular timeWe worked against the clock to finish the project.
against the clock
What does against the clock mean?
before a particular time We worked against the clock to finish the project.


Some Random Idioms
Walls have ears
What does "Walls have ears" mean?
Someone may hear us."Walls have ears and you should think carefully about what you say when you are talking about your co-workers."
be of the persuasion that (something) is so
What does "be of the persuasion that (something) is so" mean?
to believe that something is true or existsMy grandfather is of the persuasion that it is more important to work than to go to school.
close out (something) or close (something) out
What does "close out (something) or close (something) out" mean?
to sell the whole or all of something The company decided to close out the store and sell the remaining stock very cheap.

draw blood
What does "draw blood" mean?
to make a wound that bleeds The young boxer was the first to draw blood during the boxing match.

keep a close watch over (someone or something)
What does "keep a close watch over (someone or something)" mean?
guard or care for someone or somethingI kept a close watch over the soup as it was cooking.
eat like a bird
What does "eat like a bird" mean?
to eat very littleThe boy must be sick. He has been eating like a bird recently.
Skin someone alive
What does "Skin someone alive" mean?
If someone skins you alive, they admonish and punish you hard.
pad the bill
What does "pad the bill" mean?
to add false expenses to a billThe plumber who was fixing our plumbing system was padding the bill so we got a new plumber.
to heel
What does "to heel" mean?
to be under controlThe army brought the citizens to heel as soon as they entered the town.
do a number on (someone or something)
What does "do a number on (someone or something)" mean?
to hurt or damage someone or something The students did a number on the spectator stands during the soccer game.

kill off (something)
What does "kill off (something)" mean?
kill or end completely, destroyThe pollution in the river has killed off all of the fish.
as red as a poppy
What does "as red as a poppy" mean?
bright red The mark on my arm was as red as a poppy.

as red as a rose
What does "as red as a rose" mean?
intensely redThe morning sunrise was as red as a rose.
come to a pretty pass
What does "come to a pretty pass" mean?
to develop into a bad or difficult situationThings came to a pretty pass and nobody knew what to do about the problem.

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