Значение идиомы race to stand still

[race to stand still] {v. phr.} To be so far behind in one’s workthat one must exert an effort similar to that needed to win a race inorder simply not to fall even further behind.

“Could you reviewthis book for us, Professor Brown?” the editor asked. “Unfortunately, no,” the professor answered. “I’m so behind in my work that I amracing to stand still.”

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