in the fast lane

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

in the fast lane (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) In a lifestyle, employment position, or other set of circumstances where the rapid pace is exciting, frantic, or risky.
    • 2003, B. Krandrowitz and K. Springen, "Free At Last!," Newsweek, 13 Oct.:
      For baby-boomer parents, life without kids often feels like suddenly slamming on the brakes after years in the fast lane.
    • 2005, Claudia Wallis, "AIDS: A Growing Threat," Time, 18 Apr.:
      He readily admits to a life of promiscuity and a history of many liaisons with prostitutes. "I lived in the fast lane," he confesses.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used in the expression life in the fast lane.

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