Definition of force the pace in English:

force the pace

phrase

  • Adopt a fast pace in a race in order to tire out one's opponents quickly.

    • ‘U.S. history is evidence that forcing the pace of federation and destroying local independence can be a pretty quick way to serious conflict.’
    • ‘After that, the game could have gone either way, except that Tipperary were again forcing the pace.’
    • ‘I'm still very inexperienced and there may come a time when I have the need or the confidence to actually go with the pace or even force the pace.’
    • ‘At his best when forcing the pace, he can show his rivals a clean pair of heels on this fast circuit.’
    • ‘In the interim Carlow forced the pace and won the contest.’
    • ‘However, if anything the spate of setbacks seemed to have a positive impact on the team as they forced the pace in the opening exchanges.’
    • ‘This was a record-breaking activity made possible only by forcing the pace to the point where serious debate and discussion was made impossible by the restricted timescale and the public demand for political action.’
    • ‘One possible reaction, of course, is to wait, allow better technologies to develop organically rather than forcing the pace, while gathering more data.’
    • ‘Front runners were rewarded at Pioneer Park over the weekend when three of the four winners forced the pace and claimed victory.’
    • ‘However it was the Cork champions who were forcing the pace and with Cian O'Connor, Ger Spillane and Finbarr Barry leading the way they started to extend their advantage.’