like (greased) lightning

idiom

informal
: very quickly
The news traveled across the country like lightning.
moving like greased lightning

Examples of like (greased) lightning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Susana Muhamad, Colombia’s environment minister, said on Friday that 95 percent of the fires across the country had been started by people rather than by natural causes like lightning — either accidentally, while burning garbage or clearing the land for farming, or with criminal intent. Genevieve Glatsky, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Outside, a red light flashes in the dark sky, like lightning; it is followed not by rain but by rubble that pounds the roofs of houses around us. Mosab Abu Toha, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 You just get hit by this music like lightning without knowing any backstory or cultural reference points, and you’re instantly converted. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 2 Oct. 2023 After all, says Chanin, brilliance doesn’t always strike like lightning but stems from micro-steps and consistent habits. Sara Youngblood Gregory, refinery29.com, 20 July 2023 Pasek and a team of researchers have studied this new material and how high-energy events like lightning strikes can lead to these reactions, and recently published some of their findings in Communications Earth & Environment. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 27 Apr. 2023 Gold rush fever spread like lightning across the country, and the West Coast was inundated with fortune hunters impatient for their ride north, their chance at the goldfields. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 25 June 2023 Reno: People start more wildfires that burn more acres in the state than natural events like lightning. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 See More

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“Like (greased) lightning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/like%20%28greased%29%20lightning. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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