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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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So if somebody's going to emulate what I'm doing, I want them to be loose, but at the same time extremely intense.
Studies of a group of young sunlike stars in the Orion nebula suggest that these infants throw tantrums--flares accompanied by intense X rays--more frequently than some researchers had thought.
WSI now expects the tropical season to have 13 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 intense hurricanes (category 3 or greater).
Williams faced intense pressure from his teammates, who were shocked by his decision not to go out for football the next year.
Inside each plant cell, light-gathering chloroplasts dance out of a cell's shaded edges to soak up the sun or back into that shade when the light is too intense.
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Let's just say it was intense; let's just say it was really intense.
In the mid-1980s, however, amazed researchers discovered that moderately intense laser beams dislodge multiple electrons at a rate up to a million times higher than expected and, seemingly, in groups of two or more.
WSI now expects the tropical season to have 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 4 intense hurricanes (category 3 or greater).
Consumers Compete to Create the Next Intense Dark[TM] Chocolate Flavor
The rating: PG-13, because of ``language and some intense crash sequences.
Even some souls asleep in their beds were awakened by the silent light show streaking through their windows--an unusually intense display of shooting stars called the Leonid meteor storm.
This international competition will place an intense pressure on the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, and further open the door to a lucrative market for non-Chinese companies, especially for pharmaceutical producers and manufacturers.