fast lane


Definition of fast lane

1 : a traffic lane intended for vehicles traveling at higher speeds
2 : a way of life marked by a fast pace and usually the pursuit of immediate gratification

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fast-lane \ ˈfas(t)-​ˌlān How to pronounce fast-lane (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fast lane in a Sentence

I pulled into the fast lane to pass the truck.
Recent Examples on the Web Touch—contagion’s fast lane—has become the most ominous of the five senses. Laurence Scott, Wired, "Covid-19 and the New Intimacy," 1 June 2020 Morrison is a former corporate lawyer who gave up life in the fast lane to start a nonprofit organization called Waitlist Zero, which matches prospective kidney donors with recipients. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "Thousands of people want to be exposed to Covid-19 for science," 13 May 2020 Maribel Flores School: Troy Class: 2023 Position: Forward College: Undecided Noteworthy: The freshman forward found the fast lane in the Freeway League, scoring five first-half goals against Fullerton in January. Usa Today High School Sports, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY High School Sports Awards: Los Angeles girls soccer nominees," 23 Apr. 2020 King for a Day All expenses paid days at King's Island, where the families can enjoy the park with the perks of fast lane passes, snack vouchers and a private lunch with Andy and JJ. Jeremiah Kirven,, "Fans overwhelm Andy Dalton's foundation with $14 donations following his benching," 31 Oct. 2019 Life in the fast lane didn’t seem to harm the jellyfish either. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Bionic jellyfish can swim three times faster," 31 Jan. 2020 Dramatic footage taken by another car driver shows the red truck traveling down the fast lane of the highway with a black Volkswagen trapped under its front bumper. Phil Boucher,, "Ellie Goulding Reveals Her Role in Dramatic London Car Crash: 'Craziest Thing I've Ever Seen on the Road'," 18 Dec. 2019 Quick tip: Don’t expect your smart TV to work wonders until your internet speed at home is in the fast lane. NBC News, "How to buy the best TV for your needs (and wants)," 28 Nov. 2019 In August 2013, Chelsea was driving to church in the fast lane on a summer night when his car overheated. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This man is the first African American to receive a full facial transplant," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fast lane

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jun 2020

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“Fast lane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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fast lane


English Language Learners Definition of fast lane

: a section of a highway for cars that are traveling at high speeds
: a way of living that makes you very busy or that is full of excitement and often danger

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