Talk:work against the clock

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Delete per nom. BTW, is against the clock really idiomatic? Only Wordnet and its licensees have it among OneLook references. It just seems like a figurative use of "clock". Or does the diminishing presence of analog clocks mean that fossilization is becoming apparent? DCDuring TALK 14:13, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Unless to "run against the clock" means you have a watch with legs as your closest rival .... I think the idiomatic sense is "in the fastest time possible". -- ALGRIF talk 14:32, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Delete per nomination - but against the clock seems idiomatic. Mglovesfun (talk) 14:42, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
clock seems to me to mean time on the scale of minutes or hours, just as calendar means "time" on a scale of days, weeks, and months. The "compete/race against" sense of "against" completes the metaphor. I think "clock" is used this way in a few collocations. DCDuring TALK 15:09, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Using a metaphorical sense as the main sense makes the phrase idiomatic, I believe. ICBW. -- ALGRIF talk 16:15, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
But let's not discuss that if/until it gets nominated, this discussion is for work around the clock. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:22, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Peripheral discussions are how we take advantage of the bits of attention that people can devote. This is a close connection and Algrif hasn't been around so much. DCDuring TALK 17:41, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Deleted per discussion. Mglovesfun (talk) 20:12, 10 November 2009 (UTC)