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.

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After traveling around a half mile on I-15, the driver made a U-turn from the fast lane and headed north in the southbound lane, deliberately ramming the marked patrol unit in the rear passenger door area. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deputy hurt when suspect rams her patrol car during pursuit in North County," 8 July 2019 Hertz and Clear plan to expand the biometric fast lane to more than 40 other locations in 2019, including Los Angeles International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Hertz plans slightly speedier rentals using facial recognition and fingerprints," 11 Dec. 2018 Currently, drivers in the fast lane of northbound 167 must weave over two lanes to enter n0rthbound I-405, while going from Kent to Bellevue. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Renton’s freeway carpool lanes make a $197 million connection this week," 19 Feb. 2019 At the time, the E! co-anchor was living life in the fast lane, pushing her mind and body to its limits. Kara Ladd, Redbook, "5 Wellness Tips Maria Menounos Learned After a Terrifying Diagnosis," 21 June 2018 In this way, US politicians can be a lot like frustrated drivers: always looking for a fast lane. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Why Traffic-Choked Nashville Said 'No Thanks' to Public Transit," 9 May 2018 Many activists believe the repeal of the net-neutrality rules will have real-world consequences for consumers, by encouraging big internet carriers to bundle online content, create paid fast lanes, or favor their own content over others. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "As Net Neutrality Ends, Activists Push Congress to Restore Obama-Era Rules," 11 June 2018 His security was pacing him in a pair of black Suburbans, going slow in the fast lane, or slipping in and out of adjacent parking lots. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Into the Wild With Kanye West," 25 June 2018 Only the fast lane remained open as CHP officers responded to the site. Karen Kucher,, "Three lanes of north I-5 closed after person jumps off bridge near Genesee Avenue," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of fast lane

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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