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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

take a stroll down memory lane

To reminisce, especially about happy memories. Every so often I like to dig out my photo albums from college and take a stroll down memory lane.
See also: down, lane, memory, stroll, take

down memory lane

Considering 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 strolling down memory lane when I get together with my high school friends.
See also: down, lane, memory

down the little red lane

Down one's throat, often a child's. Open up, sweetie, so mommy can send the cough medicine down the little red lane.
See also: down, lane, little, red

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

go down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time going down memory lane these days than talking about the present. A: "How did your coffee date with John go?" B: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We went down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, go, lane, memory

take (one) down memory lane

To cause one to reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. Let's take Grandma down memory lane—that might cheer her up. A: "How did your coffee date with John go?" B: "It was pretty amicable, actually. He took me down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, take

in the slow lane

1. In a relatively unproductive state or position; on an exceptionally slow path toward development or success. Despite a series of robust investments and initiatives, the company has remained in the slow lane compared to its competitors. The World Health Organization reported that the country is currently in the slow lane in its efforts to combat the outbreak.
2. Not engaging in energetic, pleasure-driven, or risky behavior; only doing mundane, uninteresting things. I've been firmly in the slow lane after having kids. I just don't have the time or energy to do the wild things I used to when I was younger.
See also: lane, slow

life in the slow lane

A lifestyle typified by relaxed, contemplative, or cautious behavior or decisions. (In contrast to "life in the fast lane," a much more common term.) I was pretty wild when I was younger, but I'm very happy with life in the slow lane now. My dad's life in the slow lane seemed really sad and unfulfilling to me.
See also: lane, life, slow

the fast lane

A phrase typically used to describe 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

lovers' lane

The generic name for a place, often one with a scenic view, that teenagers and young adults go to kiss and potentially engage in other sexual activity, typically in a car. If a boy takes you to lovers' lane, it's not because he wants to talk about the weather, OK? Oh my goodness, Ned, I think we found lovers' lane—look at all the kids making out in their cars!
See also: lane

lame

1. Not at all cool, trendy, or fashionable; undesirable or unlikable. I know you think it's lame to get dropped off to school by your mom each morning, but I'm not letting you walk the whole way on your own. All kids come to think their parents are lame at some point or another, and you're fooling yourself if you think you're going to be the exception.
2. Utterly weak, ineffectual, or inept; completely unimpressive or incompetent. With such lame special effects and a cookie-cutter plot, the movie was a complete waste of time.

mammary lane

Anything to do with the function or appearance of a woman's breasts. A play on the common phrase "memory lane," it is often used in constructions like "walk down mammary lane" or "a trip down mammary lane." I was fully committed to taking a walk down mammary lane when my son was born, but there were so many complications trying to breastfeed that my doctor said giving him a bottle was probably the better option. It's going to be a trip down mammory lane in next month's issue as we look at the top-selling brands of bras currently on the market.
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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, no, that, 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

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

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

life in the slow lane

Life in the slow lane, is a way of life which is relaxed and not very busy. Enjoyable cruising is all about life in the slow lane. They told their audience to chill out, kick back and enjoy life in the slow lane. Note: `Fast lane' and `slow lane' refer to the speed of traffic in the different lanes of a motorway.
See also: lane, life, slow

in the fast lane

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

take a trip (or walk) down memory lane

deliberately recall pleasant or sentimental memories.
See also: down, lane, memory, take, trip

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

go down/take somebody down ˌmemory ˈlane

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take a trip down ˌmemory ˈlane

remember, or make somebody remember, pleasant things that happened a long time ago: Reading those letters took me down memory lane.We’ll be taking a trip down memory lane this evening when Mary Smithson talks about her 50 years in publishing.
See also: down, go, lane, memory, somebody, take

in the ˈslow lane

not making progress as fast as other people, countries, companies, etc: According to the latest survey, the country is expected to remain in the slow lane of economic recovery. OPPOSITE: in the fast lane
The slow lane is the part of a motorway/freeway in which the traffic moves slowly.
See also: lane, slow

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

down memory lane

Looking back on the past. Often put in a nostalgic way, this term may have originated as the title of a popular song of 1924, “Memory Lane,” words by Bud de Sylva, and music by Larry Spier and Con Conrad. It was revived in the film In Society (1944), starring Abbott and Costello. That is where former movie actor, President Ronald Reagan, may have picked it up; he then used it in his 1984 speech accepting the Republican nomination, “Well, let’s take them [his opponents] on a little stroll down memory lane.”
See also: down, lane, memory

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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As they passed the bend in the lane my brother saw the face of the dying man in the ditch under the privet, deadly white and drawn, and shining with perspi- ration.
Traffic enforcers ordered motorcycle riders crossing intothe yellow lane occupied by city buses to transfer to the motorcycle-only lane.
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Motorists have noticed problems at various points of the five-lane highway from Zero Point to Golra Mor, where the fast lane has been squeezed.
In the northbound lane of EDSA, road works will be undertaken after Aurora Boulevard, at the first and second lane from sidewalk.
EDSA before Aurora Boulevard (outermost lane) and Aurora Boulevard - Arayat (innermost lane)
Old Arley - Woodside from Beech Grove to Wood Lane - 5.30am until 12.30pm.
Last month, citing official statistics, Gulf News reported that sudden lane swerving caused 438 accidents in the UAE last year, leading to the death of 59 people, while 495 were injured.
We estimate that using this lane could actually increase the capacity of the UK's motorway network by around a third.
The road diet proposal seeks to reduce the width of the lanes along Edsa by up to 3 meters to create a new lane for motorcycles.
OnTuesday, the city will begin returning Farrow Road to its previous four-lane configuration, removing two bike lanes and restoring traffic to two northbound lanes, two southbound lanes and a middle turn lane.
An innovative research project commissioned by Direct Line car insurance reveals that one in nine (11 per cent) vehicles on the road drifts out of their lane, putting themselves and other road users at risk of collision.
One lane of the A19 in each direction is closed between the A1018 junction and the B1283 junction in Seaton, because of roadworks.
Traffic will be reduced to a single lane on Interstate 90 between Lee Street and Interstate 294 in Des Plaines beginning Friday.