in the slow lane

in the slow lane

1. In a relatively unproductive state or position; on an exceptionally slow path toward development or success. Despite a series of robust investments and initiatives, the company has remained in the slow lane compared to its competitors. The World Health Organization reported that the country is currently in the slow lane in its efforts to combat the outbreak.
2. Not engaging in energetic, pleasure-driven, or risky behavior; only doing mundane, uninteresting things. I've been firmly in the slow lane after having kids. I just don't have the time or energy to do the wild things I used to when I was younger.
See also: lane, slow

in the ˈslow lane

not making progress as fast as other people, countries, companies, etc: According to the latest survey, the country is expected to remain in the slow lane of economic recovery. OPPOSITE: in the fast lane
The slow lane is the part of a motorway/freeway in which the traffic moves slowly.
See also: lane, slow
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Richard Tarling Lorries should be made to stay in the slow lane.
Gavin Baker Lorries sould stay at 56 in the slow lane, cars at 60 in middle lane and outside lane 70 (overtaking).
The worst is outside the adjoining Nazih hairdressers and House of Uniforms - motorists stop in the slow lane and get out of their cars.
The fast lane barely crawls along with cars unexpectedly caught in the slow lane (or "parking lane") trying to dangerously edge into the fast lane without colliding with others.
Consequently, congestion occurs with slower moving traffic in the four centre lanes forcing faster moving vehicles to the furthest left hand lane in an attempt to overtake, leaving nobody (but me) in the slow lane.