in the fast lane(redirected from 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.
*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.
in the fast lanewhere life is exciting or highly pressured.
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.
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).