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high-octane

[ hahy-ok-teyn ]

adjective

  1. noting a gasoline with a relatively high octane number, characterized by high efficiency and freedom from knock.
  2. Informal. forceful or intense; dynamic; high-powered:

    high-octane efforts to obliterate the competition.



high-octane

adjective

  1. (of petrol) having a high octane number
  2. informal.
    dynamic, forceful, or intense

    high-octane drive and efficiency



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Word History and Origins

Origin of high-octane1

First recorded in 1930–35

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Example Sentences

Paterson—the father of recent Governor David Paterson—was a high-octane lawyer who held a number of appointive positions.

This episode illuminates the omnipresent peril the current president faces in having such a high-profile, high-octane frenemy.

The tight battle reflects the high-octane energy among GOP voters.

For his role in the frustration of Obamacare, this Lieberman became the object of high-octane contempt.

You have described her as a “self-sufficient, high-octane machine.”

A sigh of relief spilled from his lips when he saw that he still had enough high octane for thirty-five minutes of flying.

Lastly, it was doomed by the advent of high octane gasolines, first used while it was still in the development stage.

Suffice it to say that it is a high octane preparation, only a drop of whichbut you know the effects of Moon Glow, of course.

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