- to advance an audio or video recording rapidly: I always fast-forward through the TV ads that get recorded on my DVR.
- to skip over a period of time and arrive at a future point in the timeline, especially in narration: Fast-forward six months, she’s gotten engaged and is moving to Europe!
Origin of fast-forward
First recorded in 1945–50
[fast fawr-werd, fahst-]
- a function of an audio or video recorder or player, as a cassette deck or DVR, that allows the content to be advanced rapidly.
- the button or other control that activates this function.
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Examples from the Web for fast-forward
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Fast-forward a few weeks, and Maynard was in a kitchen baking pies with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet.Inside Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet’s Sexy ‘Labor Day’ Pie Scene
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Fast-forward to the founding of the state of Israel in 1948.Why Won’t the West Defend Middle Eastern Christians?
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- (sometimes not hyphenated) the control on a tape deck or video recorder used to wind the tape or video forward at speed
- informal a state of urgency or rapid progressmy mind went into fast forward
- (tr) to wind (a video or tape) forward using the fast-forward control
- to deal with speedilyfast-forward the trials of the new drug
- (intr) to move forward through a tape or video using the fast-forward control
- (usually foll by to) to direct one's attention towards a particular time or event, ignoring intervening materialfast-forward to the summer of 2008
C20: from the fast-forward wind control in a tape deck
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