in the fast lane

*in the fast lane

Fig. in a very active or possible risky manner. (See also life in the fast lane. *Typically: be ~; live ~; move~; Stay ~.) Fred lives in the fast lane. It's lucky he's still alive.
See also: fast, lane

in the fast lane

doing things that will lead to success Their purchase of the company put them in the fast lane of the personal computer industry.
Usage notes: often used with put, as in the example
Related vocabulary: on the fast track
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of fast lane (a marked path for vehicles traveling faster)
See also: fast, lane
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The seven participants selected for the 2002 Life in the Fast Lane design workshop are: Brett Tom from the Pratt Institute, Daniel Ballou from California State University at Long Beach, Kristin Will from Western Washington University, Andres Cardenas from the Savannah College of Arts and Design, Ryan Nagode from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Samvit Blass from the Massachusetts College of Art, and Dosun Shin from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.