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burn rubber

To drive extremely quickly in a rubber-wheeled vehicle, especially a car. A reference to car tires which, if accelerated too quickly on pavement, can heat to the point of producing smoke and tire tracks. We're going to be late for the party, let's burn rubber!
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burn rubber

Drive very fast, as in We'll have to burn rubber to get there in time. In this bit of automotive jargon, the rubber refers to tires that heat up when they rotate suddenly at great speed. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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burn rubber

drive very quickly. informal
1998 Times Monsanto is burning rubber on a racetrack to become world leader in life sciences.
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burn rubber

tv. to run a car engine so fast that one spins the tires so that rubber is left on the street. (see also lay (some) rubber.) When George was at the age when the greatest thrill was burning rubber, he began to shave once a week.
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BOY racers young and old are expected to burn rubber to make a beeline to the Midlands for a glimpse of what has been touted as the ultimate souped-up dream machine.
This preliminary study resulted in the conceptual design of a six passenger vehicle combined with a set of hybrid propulsion modules that burn rubber and laughing gas, as in SpaceShipOne, that together could meet the needs of the quickly emerging commercial space tourism market.
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Due to burn rubber this spring, Roll Cage features extreme handling of indestructible, low-slung road machines with high G-forces that help them stick to surfaces like glue, enabling them to drive along tunnel walls and ceilings.