crash course

noun

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

Our first day at sea provides a crash course in the highs and lows of luxury cruise life. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 The Kavanaugh hysteria has provided the country with a crash course in academic victim politics. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Tomorrow’s Elite Lawyers Disavow Due Process," 4 Oct. 2018 For a crash course in deep dish done right, My Pie is a solid place to start. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Pizza Places in Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018 Consider these 10 serums, moisturizers, and oils your crash course in all-things bakuchiol. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "10 Skin-Care Products With Bakuchiol, aka the New Plant-Based Retinol Alternative," 26 Oct. 2018 For both Wynn and Contra, her ascent as a major leftist voice on YouTube has been a crash course, one that happened at the breakneck pace of social media, live-streamed in real time. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "Weekend business agenda," 5 Apr. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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crash course

noun

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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