from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The quickest and most direct route to achievement of a goal, as in competing for professional advancement: "Making complaints against the public is hardly the fast track to elective office” ( New Yorker).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A race track with optimum conditions for high speeds
  • n. A railroad for express trains.
  • n. The quickest or most direct method or path.
  • n. A high-pressure or intensely competitive situation, particularly one characterised by rapid advancement.
  • v. To progress something with unusual rapidity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rapid means of achieving a goal


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  • But then Jane Anne gets happy and pregnant, and Rachel stays on a fast track for a couple of years before dropping out to work for Amnesty International.

    Beach Road

  • He was on a fast track to becoming a solitary forty-year-old pasty-faced geeb who went back to his office and jerked off after teaching classes full of dewy twenty-year-old girls about T.S. Eliot.


  • Advanced Software Engineering Programme (ASEP), launched by TalentSprint, plans to fill this gap by creating high performance professionals through fast track transformations.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Tony Landry, new kid on the block, was on the fast track to the top of the most visible and newsworthy specialty in the law.

    In His Own Defense

  • “The latest semantic fashion in Congress,” reports the Hill, Martin Tolchin’s lively Washington weekly, “is renaming fast track trade authority as trade promotion authority, or TPA.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Dorian Merriman, hot-shot assistant DA, on the fast track after that Midnight Stalker trial—front-page stuff.

    Songs of Love & Death


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