fast track

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. Unabridged


[fast-trak, fahst-]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to advance or develop rapidly.
of or pertaining to the fast track.

fast-tracker, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
1.  denoting the quickest or most direct route or system: fast-track executives; a fast-track procedure for libel claims
2.  (tr) to speed up the progress of (a project or person)

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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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Example sentences
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.
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