fast lane

noun

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
3
fast-lane adjective

Examples of fast lane in a Sentence

I pulled into the fast lane to pass the truck.
Recent Examples on the Web On her crime wall, Sisco drew an outline of the van stuck in the fast lane along with an empty trailer hitched to the back that was meant to haul the Nissan home. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News, 24 Mar. 2024 If flying first class, popping champagne, and living life in the fast lane were a job, Ms. Madolyn Addison would be the CEO. Calie Schepp, EW.com, 5 June 2023 Caballero said that authorities will be vigilant to make sure there is no misuse of the fast lane passes, something that has been a problem for some time. Alexandra Mendoza, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2024 Most forecasters still expect EV sales to return to the fast lane and spurt on to around 9 million by 2030. Neil Winton, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Then the Chiefs swerved into the fast lane, starting in 2018, when Patrick Mahomes became their starting quarterback. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 California Highway Patrol said the 8-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl were passengers in a Toyota that became disabled in the fast lane of Highway 50 in Sacramento, according to NBC affiliate KCRA-TV and FOX affiliate KTXL. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 The system was designed as an efficient, intercontinental fast lane beside the traffic jam of traditional justice. Jesse Barron, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 After more than 50 years of touring, the Eagles are bidding a fond farewell to life in the fast lane. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fast lane was in 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Fast lane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fast%20lane. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

fast lane

noun
1
: a traffic lane used by vehicles moving at higher speeds
2
: a way of life marked by a fast pace and the attempt to get everything one wants quickly
3
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