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fast track

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noun
  1. a racetrack dry and hard enough for optimum speed.
  2. a railroad track for express trains.
  3. 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.
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Idioms
  1. on a/the fast track, Informal.
    1. advancing or being promoted more rapidly than usual, especially in business or other organizational positions: an executive on the fast track.
    2. expanding or being developed or handled rapidly and often innovatively: a company on the fast track in computer technology.Compare fast lane.
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fast-track

[fast-trak, fahst-]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to advance or develop rapidly.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the fast track.
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Related formsfast-track·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fast track

fast-track

adjective
  1. denoting the quickest or most direct route or systemfast-track executives; a fast-track procedure for libel claims
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verb
  1. (tr) to speed up the progress of (a project or person)
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Idioms and Phrases with fast track

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.

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