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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crash course was in 1966

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“Crash course.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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