clock is ticking, the

Idioms & Phrases

clock is ticking, the

The time (for something to be done) is passing quickly; hurry up. For example, The clock is ticking on that project. This allusion to a stopwatch is often used as an admonition to speed something up. It also is used in more specific form meaning that a woman may soon be too old to bear a child, as in Her biological clock is tickingshe just turned forty.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: clock in
Next Definition: clock jack
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for clock is ticking, the
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing clock is ticking, the
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature