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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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  • It gives people an opportunity to fast-track what they're doing, their high-potential projects.
  • But the judge warned he will not fast-track the proceedings.
  • They came from college campuses, from dead-end jobs and fast-track careers.
  • New fast-track planning powers are intended to prevent such delays in future, but economic questions remain.
  • If creditors refuse to co-operate, the government will probably seek to squash them using the same fast-track legal process.
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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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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