like greased lightning


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like greased lightning

Extremely fast. Wow, that car just blew past me—it's moving like greased lightning! When I take tests, I speed through them like greased lightning, so I'm sure I'll be the first one done.
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like greased lightning

Rur. very fast. Once I get her tuned up, this old car will go like greased lightning. He's a fat kid, but he can run like greased lightning.
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like greased lightning

Also, like a blue streak; like the wind; like blazes. Very fast indeed, as in He climbed that ladder like greased lightning, or She kept on talking like a blue streak, or The children ran like the wind when they heard there'd be free ice cream. The likening of speed to lightning dates from the 1500s, and grease was added in the early 1800s to further accentuate the idea of haste. The first variant, blue streak, also dates from the early 1800s and alludes to something resembling lightning. The wind in the second variant has been a metaphor for swiftness since ancient Roman times. The blazes in the last variant, first recorded in 1925, alludes to fire or lightning.
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like greased ˈlightning

(informal) very fast: After the phone call, he was out of the door like greased lightning.
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