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greased lightning

noun phrase

Something or someone extraordinarily fast; a BLUE STREAK: He got out of there like greased lightning (1848+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Well, I guess when he starts the bully is greased lightning.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • As soon as he spots you he'll be off quicker than greased lightning.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • Might as well try to catch a streak o' greased lightning, lad.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • "Uncle Cliff says he is 'greased lightning' with a lariat," said Blue Bonnet.

  • He was a long-legged fellow, and could run like greased lightning.

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure
  • Some quails, but all top-knotted, and wild as greased lightning.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • About how fast can that streak of greased lightning travel, any way?

  • When the boy starts he'll go like a streak of greased lightning.

    Motor Matt's "Century" Run Stanley R. Matthews
  • He worked like a streak of greased lightning, and then went on to some one else.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman
  • greased lightning could hardly be quicker than the way you've arranged your trap.

    At Whispering Pine Lodge Lawrence J. Leslie

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