Race against the clock: Shinkansen staff have just 7 minutes to get bullet train ready to ride
"Against the clock" is a common English-language expression or idiom that is generally used when someone feels that he or she doesn't have enough time to complete a task by a deadline, and are, in effect, rushing against the clock to complete it. It is an expression that is often used in business environments where high-volume, high-stress conditions exist. Likely locations where racing against the clock to complete a task would be routine would include newspapers where stories must be completed on deadlines, and stock market trading floors where trades are affected by volatility and the closing bell end to a day's trading. Sports environments are another key area where literally racing against the clock to score often occurs when a team is behind in points with only minutes or seconds left in the game.
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EU in race against the clock to create a banking union
Instead they are racing against the clock to deliver the technical, complex, and highly political detail of how to establish a much more powerful and intrusive system of supervising European banks – a "banking union" that is seen as the first step in the long haul towards a federal Europe or political union as the systemic response to the euro crisis.