Definition of on course in English:

on course


  • 1Following the intended route.

    ‘he battled to keep the ship on course’
    ‘we need to spend money to get the economy back on course’
    • ‘We were on course now, following the postage stamp sign and heading straight for the museum.’
    • ‘But the messy bit was quick and we were on course and on track and pasture to a back road, only one car came by.’
    • ‘When he rolled the racer back on course the ship flipped over on its back and dove into the ground.’
    • ‘Occasionally, foreign flagged ships radio asking for directions to get back on course.’
    • ‘The company is in the third year, and is said to be well on course with its targets.’
    • ‘The real challenge is the capacity to assess where we are, where we have gone off track and to get things back on course.’
    • ‘The wound was slow to heal in the months that followed but within a year they were back on course.’
    • ‘It is evident that it's going to take a while to achieve our objective, but we're on course.’
    • ‘I think I'm on course in my career and, as I said, this is when I thought I'd start to deliver anyway.’
    • ‘We can definitely find a modern and progressive form of governance by staying on course towards the right.’
    on course, on target, on schedule, on time
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    1. 1.1on course for/to do somethingLikely to achieve something.
      ‘he was on course for victory’
      • ‘He predicts that the group is already on course to achieve £8.5m profits in the current financial year.’
      • ‘So far this year, 27 members have passed, putting the group on course to achieve its target.’
      • ‘At 17, and with a three handicap, he is well on course to achieve his dream of becoming a professional.’
      • ‘It appears that they are on course to achieve their goal, but one year later than planned.’
      • ‘The company was now on course to make profits of £400m in the full year.’
      • ‘Only two letters of objection were received, and the council is now on course to build the £3,500 shelter.’
      • ‘House prices are on course to outpace shares again this year.’
      • ‘It had been a devastating blow: until that moment she had been more than five days ahead of schedule and on course to smash the record.’
      • ‘Earlier they seemed on course to continue their serene progress.’
      • ‘Melanoma rates are on course to treble over the next 30 years, unless sunbathing trends are reversed.’
      on track, on target, on schedule
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