like (greased) lightning

Definition of like (greased) lightning

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

Word by Word Definitions

grease play greased
  1. : rendered animal fat

  2. : oily matter

  3. : a thick lubricant

  1. : to smear or daub with grease

  2. : to lubricate with grease

  3. : to soil with grease

lightning play
  1. : the flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity

  2. : a sudden stroke of fortune

  1. : having or moving with or as if with the speed and suddenness of lightning

  1. : to discharge a flash of lightning


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