fast lane/track, in/on the

in the fast lane

1. In a very successful position or on the path to a successful outcome. Their revolutionary computer chip suddenly put the small tech company in the fast lane.
2. Engaging in energetic, pleasure-driven, and often risky behavior. He always lived his life in the fast lane, and he ended up dying at a very young age.
See also: fast, lane

life in the fast lane

A lifestyle in which one engages in energetic, pleasure-driven, and often risky behavior. He always lived his life in the fast lane, and he ended up dying at a very young age.
See also: fast, lane, life

on the fast track

On an accelerated path to success or achievement. Jacob was doing so well in all of his classes that his school put him on the fast track so he could graduate early. Many authors sell books that promise to put their readers on the fast track to wealth and prosperity.
See also: fast, on, track

*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

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

on the fast track

Fig. following an expedited procedure; being acted upon sooner or more quickly than is typical. Let's put this project on the fast track and maybe we'll see results sooner.
See also: fast, on, track

life in the fast lane

COMMON Life in the fast lane is a way of life which is full of activity, excitement, and often pressure. Tired of life in the fast lane, Jack decided to give it all up to become a painter. Note: People often say that a person lives life in the fast lane or lives in the fast lane. The 28-year-old rugby player lives life in the fast lane both on and off the field. She knew how to have a good time, and had a reputation for living in the fast lane.
See also: fast, lane, life

in the fast lane

where life is exciting or highly pressured.
See also: fast, lane

in the ˈfast lane

(informal) the exciting and sometimes risky way of life typical of very successful people: I hear you’ve just been made chief of the Berlin office, Joan. How’s life in the fast lane? OPPOSITE: in the slow lane
The fast lane is the part of a main road such as a motorway, where vehicles drive fastest.
See also: fast, lane

fast lane/track, in/on the

An exciting, competitive, high-pressure activity or life-style. Alluding to the express lane of highways and (originally) railroad lines, this metaphor originated about the middle of the twentieth century and may refer not only to hectic high-pressure activity but also to rapid advancement. Richard M. Nixon used it in 1965: “New York . . . is a place where you can’t slow down—a fast track” (New York Times Magazine).
See also: fast, lane, on
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