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keep in training
To remain actively engaged in a way that helps hone or strengthen one's skills, abilities, or physical fitness. The Olympic cyclist keeps in training year round. I tend to take large periods of time off between working on novels, so I keep in training by writing poetry, short stories, and screenplays.
train (one's) sights on (someone or something)
To identify, regard, or focus on someone or something as one's goal or desire. Every since she was a little girl, Janet has trained her sights on being a fighter pilot. They're training their sights on you to be their new head of marketing.
train as (something)
1. To become educated in order to work in a certain professional role. I originally trained as a doctor, but I ended up teaching English in Japan. My brother has been training as a financial analyst.
2. To educate, coach, or prepare someone or an animal to work in some specific role. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "as." We'd like to start training you as our new sales manager. These puppies are being trained as a guide dogs, so please don't pet them or feed them anything.
train for (something)
1. To prepare physically or mentally for some event, task, or activity. If you want to get serious about this sport, then you need to start training for it in the off season. My sister has been busy training for her bar exam in order to become a lawyer. I'm training for a hike up Mount Everest next year.
2. To educate, coach, or prepare someone or an animal for some event, task, activity, role, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "for." We'd like to start training you for a new position as our regional sales manager. The aging boxing legend agreed to train the new up-and-coming fighter for the match against the defending champion. These dogs are trained for sniffing out drugs being trafficked by travelers.
train in (something)
1. To practice, study, or become skilled in some activity or field. I started training in ballet when I was only eight years old. She trained in medicine for two years before transitioning to chemical engineering.
2. To practice, study, or become skilled in some place or setting. He trained in Julliard, so he felt it was beneath him to act in a daytime soap opera. The famous virtuoso trained in Moscow and is now one of the foremost violinists in the world.
3. To educate, coach, or mentor someone in some activity, skill, or field. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "in." He reluctantly agreed to train the young man in the art of kung fu. They want to train me in account management. I'm training my daughter in the family business so she can take over for me when I retire.
train on (someone or something)
1. To guide, coach, or educate someone how to do or use something. A noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "on." The bosses have been training me on the accounting software so I can begin taking over some administrative duties.
2. To practice some action by using some particular tool. I know you're feeling confident training on these dummies, but it will be a whole new experience going against a live sparring partner.
3. To prepare or practice to be able to do or use something. I've been training on free weights to help get my strength up for the marathon.
4. To aim (some weapon or instrument) at a person or thing. The sniper trained his sights on the target, waiting for the signal to fire from his commanding officer. Doctors trained the high-powered laser on the cancerous tissue.
1. To study, practice, or exercise in order to prepare physically or mentally (for some event, task, activity, etc.). The boxer always goes on a strict diet when she starts training up for her next fight. Our entire staff has been training up in order to be compliant with the new changes in data protection laws.
2. To improve some skill or area of expertise through study or learning. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "up." They want me to train my computer skills up before they give me the promotion.
3. To strengthen a part of one's body through exercise. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "up." I've been focusing on training up my core lately. This workout routine will really help train your arms up.
4. To educate, coach, or mentor someone (in some task or activity). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "up." We'd like to train you up to take over as our Chief Operating Officer. The boss wants me to train up my replacement before I leave the company.
train up to (something)
1. To prepare physically or mentally in order to become ready for some event, task, activity, etc. I wanted to train up to running the New York City Marathon before I turned 40. The boxer always goes on a strict diet when she starts training up to her next fight.
2. To practice, study, or become skilled enough to reach some level or position. They want me to train up to a full accreditation before they'll hire me as a full-time accountant. My brother is training up to be a judge.
3. To engage in physical or mental exercises regularly for some amount or frequency. I'm generally training up to three days a week in order to get ready for the race. The professional cyclist trains up to 12 hours a day throughout the year.
4. To educate, coach, or mentor someone in order to do or become something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "up." We'd like to train you up to take over as our Chief Operating Officer. My parents began training me up to be a singer when I was only eight years old.
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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.
keep in training
to maintain oneself in good physical condition. I try to keep in training so I will live longer. Try to keep in training.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A short, intensive training course, as in Daisy planned to take a crash course in cooking before she got married. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.