QOTD-Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.


2019-08-01 | Team PendulumEdu

Against the clock

   A. To get something done in time.

   B. To get something done on time.

   C. To get something done as fast as possible.

   D. To get something done as slow as possible.

   E. To not get anything done.

Solution: The meaning of the idiom, “against the clock” is, “to get something done as fast as possible”. All the options, other than C, are not applicable.

Let us understand the usage of the idiom with an example:

  • With the week already past Wednesday and her deadline on Friday, she was working against the clock to finish her project.
  • With heavy rains having interrupted their schedule, the organizers were racing against the clock to organize the event on time.

Hence, C is the correct answer.

This question is asked in various competitive exams including SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, SSC MTS, UPSC CDS, CLAT and various other exams. To understand how to solve this kind of question, one needs to regularly practice and keep oneself updated with the latest idioms, maxims and phrases. PendulumEdu offers a variety of mock tests and one-to-one sessions for you to up your skills in order to excel in these exams.

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