crash course


Definition of crash course

: a rapid and intense course of study also : an experience that resembles such a course has been given a crash course in diplomacy in his first weeks in office

Examples of crash course in a Sentence

Before her trip, she took a crash course in Russian culture and history at the local university.

Recent Examples on the Web

Stepping into an Opening Ceremony store feels a bit like taking a crash course in the world’s best street style. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Opening Ceremony Has a Gold Limited Edition Travel Bag and We're Into It," 15 Nov. 2018 For a crash course in self-confidence, look no further than model and podcast host Ashley Graham. Glamour, "Ashley Graham: When I Had to Make My Own Terms, That's When I Finally Became Successful," 11 Nov. 2018 Those who are new to programming or looking to sharpen their skills are invited to attend a crash course on the programming language Python. Margeaux Sippell,, "Weekend business agenda," 5 Apr. 2018 Online training was designed to give staffers across government a crash course in the basics of global trade. Max Colchester, WSJ, "British Trade Negotiator’s Conundrum: Can He Actually Make Any Deals?," 16 Oct. 2018 In fact, because there are so many more tools at the driver's disposal, the person behind the wheel needs to learn not only those classic 4WD techniques, but get a crash course in current technology and when to use it. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "How 4X4s Got So Good," 18 May 2016 Check back later for a crash course on happiness from Santos. CBS News, "How happy are you really?," 12 July 2018 Culinary Backstreets offers gastronomic tours ($95 for 7 hours, includes all food and drink) of Tbilisi that include a full wine tasting as well as a crash course on chacha, the local moonshine. Debra Kamin, New York Times, "36 Hours in Tbilisi," 7 June 2018 Musk’s vehicle seems to bypass that potentially-hazardous plan by hauling each child out in a pod, potentially eliminating the need to give the soccer players a crash course in diving. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Elon Musk says SpaceX is building a ‘kid-sized submarine’ to rescue trapped soccer team," 7 July 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crash course

: a class in which a lot of information is taught in a short period of time

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