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 Opal wants the Aculos, a magical artifact tied to the fairies, as ransom, and along the way the kid gets a crash course in the fantastical, plus finds enemies and allies alike among them. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: A movie-stealing Josh Gad elevates 'Artemis Fowl' from forgettable kid fantasy," 12 June 2020 Hence the crash course in English during his long and lonely wait to reunite with her. Michael Dumas, al, "‘Kaz’ Zaremba lived a life in service of knowledge and compassion," 12 June 2020 This spring, America took an involuntary crash course in remote learning. Tawnell D. Hobbs And Lee Hawkins, WSJ, "The Results Are In for Remote Learning: It Didn’t Work," 5 June 2020 Within three months, critical care physicians across the country received a crash course on a disease that didn't exist in the U.S. before this year, and are more prepared in the event of a second wave of the illness. NBC News, "What ICU doctors have learned about COVID-19 — and how they're prepared for a 2nd wave," 16 Apr. 2020 In the department of turning sow’s ears into silk purses, the tornado that shut down a crucial plant for supplier Borg Warner this spring gave Ford a crash course in how to help suppliers get up and running. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford faces huge challenges as it launches 4 key models at frantic pace," 6 June 2020 Jay Westbrook, a bankruptcy professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, says that during a sharp recession in Texas in the 1980s, he was hired by a big law firm to give its real estate lawyers a crash course in bankruptcy. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Bankruptcy attorneys may have the hottest job in the downturn," 26 May 2020 Reinforcements arrived from other clinics in the region, and the sick medical workers gave the new arrivals a crash course in treating the coronavirus. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "As Coronavirus Overruns Russia, Doctors Are Dying on the Front Lines," 14 May 2020 Many of us have been given a crash course in working from home over the past few weeks. Marshall Bright,, "How To Negotiate With Your Boss Via Zoom," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of crash course

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Crash course.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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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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