in the fast lane

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

*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

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
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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.