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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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