Also called express lane. the lane of a multilane roadway that is used by fast-moving vehicles, as when passing slower traffic.
Informal. any scene, activity, or pursuit that is exciting, high-pressured, competitive, swift-moving, and sometimes dissipated or dangerous: Alcoholism and stress are often the price for living life in the fast lane.
- Compare fast track.
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How to use fast lane in a sentence
In a press release that says customers will soon be able to "stay in the fast lane with unlimited high-speed data," AT&T said that purchasers of the priciest plan "will now enjoy AT&T's high-speed data regardless of how much data they've used."AT&T will let unlimited-data customers pay more to avoid the slow lane | Jon Brodkin | July 13, 2021 | Ars Technica
Allyson Felix is the definition of living life in the fast lane.Allyson Felix Reflects On Her Mental Health During Olympic Trial Season | cmurray | July 8, 2021 | Essence.com
Now that events were moving into the fast lane, I reached out to Beckman again.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU | Anthony Haden-Guest | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A two-tier system has been proposed, essentially creating a fast lane and a slow lane.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality | Aurora Snow | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Otherwise, your entry into the fast lane depends on your airline and your departure airport.How to Skip the Airport Security Line During Thanksgiving | Nina Strochlic | November 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
More than 60 years after the introduction of penicillin, we finally have found the fast lane.
This Sunday will see the season finale of Entourage, HBO's candy-colored romp in the Hollywood fast lane.
British Dictionary definitions for fast lane
the outside lane on a motorway or dual carriageway for vehicles overtaking or travelling at high speed
informal the quickest but most competitive route to success
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fast lane
Also, life in the fast lane. A lifestyle that involves free spending and self-indulgence, and sometimes also dissipation and danger. For example, They're finding that life in the fast lane can be very stressful. This term alludes to the highway express lane used by faster vehicles to pass slower ones. [Colloquial; c. 1970] Also see fast track.
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