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fast track

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.
Idioms
4.
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.

fast-track

[fast-trak, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈtræk, ˈfɑst-/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to advance or develop rapidly.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the fast track.
Related forms
fast-tracker, noun
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Examples from the web for fast track
  • He seemed to be on the fast track to start-up success.
  • Now he is an insurance agent on the fast track to forty.
  • Fed up with the fast track, people are banding together to find ways to slow things down.
British Dictionary definitions for fast track

fast-track

adjective
1.
denoting the quickest or most direct route or system: fast-track executives, a fast-track procedure for libel claims
verb
2.
(transitive) to speed up the progress of (a project or person)
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Slang definitions & phrases for fast track

fast lane

modifier

: its glittery fast-lane image/ New York's fast-track, high-yield high culture

noun phrase

A pace and quality of life emphasizing quick success against strong competition, along with the trappings of wealth and style: amazing woman, lives on a fast lane/ Jean Piaget started academic life on a fast track/ certainly influenced the 1960s expression ''life in the fast lane''

[1960s+; fr the left-hand or fast lane of a superhighway, which slower drivers enter at their risk, and a horse-racing track in good, dry condition]


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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. [ ; mid-1960s ]
Also see: fast lane
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