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killing pace, a

An extremely fast or hectic rate. Originally referring to the breakneck speed of a horse or human being, leading to exhaustion, this expression was by the mid-nineteenth century being transferred to any human endeavor. “You can’t keep up the pace . . . it will kill you,” wrote Thackeray (Pendennis, 1850).
See also: killing
References in classic literature ?
Daylight stood it magnificently, but the killing pace was beginning to tell on Kama.
It was the same killing pace going in as coming out, and the Indian did not stand it as well as Kama.
And yet, in spite of the killing pace and the stony track, who but the sluggard or the dolt can hold aloof from the course?
Almost a quarter of the Jews killed in the Holocaust were murdered during 100 days in 1942, making it the time frame with the highest killing pace in the 20th century, according to a new Israeli study.
Another deftly crafted and inherently riveting novel by a skilled master of the mystery genre, "Killing Pace" by Douglas Schofield will prove to be another enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.
With six of last Saturday's starting XI new to the club, it's unrealistic to expect them to set a killing pace at the top of the table and maintain it for the next eight months.
And the 26-year-old believes the killing pace and finishing power of top scorer Jamie Smith and comeback star Darren Mackie will be crucial.
Seb Sanders, who knifed through the detritus of a killing pace to pounce late on Mikehaha in the three-year-old 10-furlong all-weather handicap, had earlier sparked a 59-1 double for Wood.
But faced with the awareness, agility and killing pace of Owen they simply fell apart as he surged through.
Daniela swept to fame in her first substantial TV role as a man-eating lawyer who romped through several beds at a killing pace in the steamy This Life saga.
"It's a killing pace that I set myself for all my jockeys, but it's my job and I enjoy it.
Though still perceived by many as a doubtful stayer when the Kentucky Derby came along, he passed that test admirably, being the only one of the fancied contenders to see out the trip in a race run at a killing pace.