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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