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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.
  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-trak, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈtræk, ˈfɑst-/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to advance or develop rapidly.
of or relating to the fast track.
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fast-tracker, noun Unabridged
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denoting the quickest or most direct route or system: fast-track executives, a fast-track procedure for libel claims
(transitive) 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. [ ; mid-1960s ]
Also see: fast lane
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