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"What?" I queried, still drumming away at my typewriter, copying the list of incendiary fires against the moment when the case should be complete and the story released for publication, as it were."

I didn't find in dictionaries what "against the moment" could mean in that sentence. I guess that it means "to look forward". Am I right?

Please, if anyone can explain it to me, I will appreciate it.

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Almost. It is referring to a time in the future.

"...copying the list of incendiary fires for the time when the case should be complete...."

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  • Thank you for a good explanation!
    – Helen
    Feb 24, 2020 at 22:06

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