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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Other Words from fast lane

fast-lane \ ˈfas(t)-​ˌlān \ adjective

Examples of fast lane in a Sentence

I pulled into the fast lane to pass the truck.

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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 Startups without the resources to pay to remove throttling or for faster lanes might be unable to ever compete with established players. Fortune, "Net Neutrality Lives on in Washington State After FCC Kills It," 11 June 2018 The people who took this all wrong simply need to take the fast lane to get over themselves. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Cowboys need Eric Reid but his anthem protests could cost him — and that's on you | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 Mar. 2018 The proposal would stop internet service providers from blocking, speeding up or slowing down websites and video, as well as charging websites fees for fast lanes., "Today: Pruitt’s Swamp Song," 6 July 2018 That could limit consumer choice or shut out upstart companies that can’t afford to buy access to the fast lane, critics worry. Washington Post, "Net neutrality backers fume as California bill watered down," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of fast lane

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fast lane was in 1933

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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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