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memory lane

A set or series of memories of one's past life, likened to a roadway that one may visit or take a tour of. (Used primarily in the phrase "stroll/take a trip/walk etc. down memory lane.") My grandmother spends more time strolling down memory lane these days than conversing about the present. It was lovely finding our old photo albums and taking a trip down memory lane. To be quite honest, it's growing quite dull doing nothing but re-visiting memory lane when I get together with my high school friends.
See also: lane, memory

stroll down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time strolling down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We strolled down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, stroll

walk down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time walking down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We walked down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, walk

take a trip down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time taking trips down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We took a trip down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, take, trip

take a walk down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time taking walks down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We took a walk down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, take, walk

down the little red lane

Fig. down someone's throat; down a child's throat. This really tasty medicine has to go down the little red lane. The last spoonful of that stuff that went down the little red lane came right back up.
See also: down, lane, little, red

*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

It is a long lane that has no turning.

Prov. Bad times cannot continue forever.; Things will soon improve. Nancy: It's been six months, and neither one of us can find work. I'm afraid we're going to lose everything. Bill: Don't despair, honey. It is a long lane that has no turning. Your luck has been bad for a long time, but it is a long lane that has no turning. I'm sure things will change soon.
See also: lane, long, turning

life in the fast lane

a very active or possible risky way to live. (See also in the fast lane.) Life in the fast lane is too much for me.
See also: fast, lane, life

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

life in the fast lane

an exciting, active style of living that usually involves great wealth When Ashmead decided that life in the fast lane wasn't much fun anymore, he turned his attention to another kind of business.
Related vocabulary: in the fast lane
Etymology: based on the fast lane of a highway, where cars drive faster than other cars on the road
See also: fast, lane, life

down memory lane

in your memory of the pleasures of past events For older people, visiting the old-fashioned stores in the town was a trip down memory lane.
See also: down, lane, memory

life in the fast lane

a way of living which is full of excitement and activity and often danger
Usage notes: The fast lane is the part of a motorway (= a large road) where drivers go the fastest.
His was a life in the fast lane - parties, drugs, and a constant stream of glamorous women.
See also: fast, lane, life

take a stroll/trip down memory lane

to remember some of the happy things that you did in the past We were just taking a stroll down memory lane and recalling the days of our youth.
See commit to memory, jog memory, have a memory like a sieve
See also: down, lane, memory, stroll, take

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.
See also: fast, lane

lovers' lane

A secluded road or area sought out by lovers seeking privacy. For example, The police loved to embarrass youngsters parked in lovers' lane. [Late 1800s]
See also: lane

lame

and laine and lane
1. mod. inept; inadequate; undesirable. That guy’s so lame, it’s pitiful.
2. n. a square person. (Streets. Underworld.) Let’s see if that lame over there has anything we want in his pockets.
3. n. an inept person. The guy turned out to be a lame, and we had to fire him.

lane

verb
See lame

Mammary Lane

n. cleavage. (see also Gland Canyon.) Let you finger do the walking down Mammary Lane.
See also: lane
References in classic literature ?
They could not stop in Edgware because of the growing traffic through the place, and so they had come into this side lane.
I passed round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, which I took to be the police; but when I got into the stable lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in front of me.
My dear, will you be so kind as to tell one of the lads to look after the shop while I step across the lane with Mr.
It was in this shaded and raspberried lane that Walter had wooed and won her.
From the gateway, This Moment, there runneth a long eternal lane BACKWARDS: behind us lieth an eternity.
Crawley sent over a choice parcel of tracts, to prepare her for the change from Vanity Fair and Park Lane for another world; but a good doctor from Southampton being called in in time, vanquished the lobster which was so nearly fatal to her, and gave her sufficient strength to enable her to return to London.
As to the possibility of ascending by this ladder, passing over the roofs of the houses, passing back, and descending again, unobserved-- it is discovered, on the evidence of the night policeman, that he only passes through Shore Lane twice in an hour, when out on his beat.
After following the muddy windings of the lane for ten minutes or more, I saw a cottage with a light in one of the windows.
There was a short, narrow, gloomy lane or street, shut in between lofty dwelling houses, the lane often dark, always filthy, without sidewalks, a gutter running through the centre, over which, suspended from a rope, hung a dim oil lamp or two--such was the Rue St.
Quickening herself by carrying such entreaties in her thoughts, she ran from field to field, and lane to lane, and place to place, as she had never run before; until she came to a shed by an engine-house, where two men lay in the shade, asleep on straw.
Much improved in that respect, and with certain half-formed images which had little gold in their composition, dancing before her bright eyes, she arrived in the drug-flavoured region of Mincing Lane, with the sensation of having just opened a drawer in a chemist's shop.
Now, these here fellows, my boy, are a-goin' to-night to get up the monthly meetin' o' the Brick Lane Branch o' the United Grand Junction Ebenezer Temperance Association.
Maggie soon got out of breath with running, but by the time Tom got to the pond again she was at the distance of three long fields, and was on the edge of the lane leading to the highroad.
Some lanes cut -- as steps cut the two parallels of the ladder -- the two great straight lines of the port and the street.
In sage and silent companionship of two, they went flying, noiseless, along the quiet lanes in search of a meal.