- a racetrack dry and hard enough for optimum speed.
- a railroad track for express trains.
- Informal. a situation or course of action that is intensely pressured or competitive, especially one in which a person advances rapidly to a higher level in a business or profession: With two promotions in six months, he seems to have chosen the fast track.
- on a/the fast track, Informal.
- advancing or being promoted more rapidly than usual, especially in business or other organizational positions: an executive on the fast track.
- expanding or being developed or handled rapidly and often innovatively: a company on the fast track in computer technology.Compare fast lane.
- to advance or develop rapidly.
- of or relating to the fast track.
- denoting the quickest or most direct route or systemfast-track executives; a fast-track procedure for libel claims
- (tr) to speed up the progress of (a project or person)
Idioms and Phrases with fast track
A situation involving high pressure, competition, and, especially, rapid success or advancement. For example, He was definitely on a fast track, becoming a partner after only five years in the firm, or This company was on the fast track in software development. This term alludes to a dry, hard horse track that enables horses to run at high speeds. [Colloquial; mid-1960s] Also see fast lane.