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crash course (in something)

a short and intense training course in something. I took a crash course in ballroom dancing so we wouldn't look stupid on the dance floor.
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crash course

A short, intensive training course, as in Daisy planned to take a crash course in cooking before she got married. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: course, crash


mod. serious; heavy. Oh, wow! Now that’s what I call intense!
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The] quest for life is the deepest, divinest thing in us, and in its intensest, most ideal form, it is the very heart and soul of religion," wrote Edward Scribner Ames in 1915.
Evenings of sober azure, days Of heat have influenced the lone boy To dream with never a haunting thought, To be too calm for gladness And in the hill-groves to have caught Hints of intensest summer sadness.
At its intensest and highest, fellowship seems to be a communion of spirit greater, deeper, higher, wider, more universal, more fundamental than any of these--than even love.
Norton, he observes that Carlyle "did his Friedrich exactly at the right time," and he refers to the work plentifully in Fors at this period, to approve the Prussians' "Personal Hereditary Feudal government" chronicled by Carlyle as against "the purest and intensest republicanism" of the French (71).
Tom's intensest apperception of the mesa--and, analogously, man's perception of all art, of all cultivated life--is not possession but understanding.
There is a poetry fueled by an excess of that will, a poetry of the intensest memories and desires.
Freely translated: When one submits oneself / to wounding, / the intensest pain is bearable; / when one is unwilling, / even the merest scratch / can fester.
Thus, alone or together, our intensest pleasures are pleasures, too, because they lose us in our bodies with a slow perfection.
This approximation is "pleasure," which in its intensest and purest form corresponds to "taste.