Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to streak: blue streak

curse a blue streak

To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. My dad cursed a blue streak after he found out I'd put a dent in his car.
See also: blue, curse, streak

swear a blue streak

To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. My dad swore a blue streak after he found out I'd put a dent in his car.
See also: blue, streak, swear

blue streak

Something that moves very quickly and unceasingly. A: "Could you follow what Rob said?" B: "Not at all. The way he talks a blue streak, I couldn't keep up!"
See also: blue, streak

like a streak

Very quickly. Once I saw that swarm of bees, I took off like a streak in the opposite direction.
See also: like, streak

cuss a blue streak

To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. My dad cussed a blue streak after he found out I'd put a dent in his car.
See also: blue, cuss, streak

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.
See also: grease, lightning, like

talk a blue streak

To speak with great rapidity, volume, and intensity. He's a lovely guy, but he'll talk a blue streak if you let him. It can be exhausting! It can be hard to follow along with her when she starts talking a blue streak like that.
See also: blue, streak, talk

cuss a blue streak

Rur. to curse a great deal. When she dropped the brick on her toe, she cussed a blue streak. Bill could cuss a blue streak by the time he was eight years old.
See also: blue, cuss, streak

have a yellow belly

 and have a yellow streak down one's back
Fig. to be cowardly. Tex has a yellow streak down his back a mile wide. He's afraid to cross the street!
See also: belly, have, yellow

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.
See also: grease, lightning, like

*losing streak

Fig. a series of losses [in sports, for instance]. (*Typically: be on ~; have ~; continue one's ~.) The team was on a losing streak that started nearly three years ago.
See also: losing, streak

*lucky streak

 and *streak of luck
Fig. a series of lucky wins in gambling or games. (*Typically: be on ~; have ~.) Thanks to a lucky streak, I won enough in Las Vegas to pay for the trip.
See also: lucky, streak

mean streak

Fig. a tendency for a person to do things that are mean. I think that Wally has a mean streak that no one ever saw before this incident.
See also: mean, streak

streak across something

to move across something very fast. A comet streaked across the night sky. Tom streaked across the street to get a cup of coffee.
See also: across, streak

streak of bad luck

 and string of bad luck
a series of events that are only bad luck. After a long string of bad luck, we finally got a lucky break.
See also: bad, luck, of, streak

streak of good luck

 and string of good luck
a series of fortunate events. After a series of failures, we started out on a streak of good luck.
See also: good, luck, of, streak

talk a blue streak

Fig. to talk very much and very rapidly. Billy didn't talk until he was two, and then he started talking a blue streak. I can't understand anything Bob says. He talks a blue streak, and I can't follow his thinking.
See also: blue, streak, talk

yellow streak (down someone's back)

a tendency toward cowardice. Tim's got a yellow streak down his back a mile wide. Get rid of that yellow streak. Show some courage.
See also: streak, yellow

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.
See also: grease, lightning, like

talk someone's arm off

Also, talk someone's ear or head or pants off ; talk a blue streak; talk until one is blue in the face; talk the bark off a tree or the hind leg off a donkey or horse . Talk so much as to exhaust the listener, as in Whenever I run into her she talks my arm off, or Louise was so excited that she talked a blue streak, or You can talk the bark off a tree but you still won't convince me. The first four expressions imply that one is so bored by a person's loquacity that one's arm (or ear or head or pants) fall off; they date from the first half of the 1900s (also see pants off). The term like a blue streak alone simply means "very quickly," but in this idiom, first recorded in 1914, it means "continuously." The obvious hyperboles implying talk that takes the bark off a tree, first recorded in 1831, or the hind leg off a horse, from 1808, are heard less often today. Also see under blue in the face.
See also: arm, off, talk

winning streak

A series of consecutive successes, a run of good luck, as in Our son-in-law has been on a winning streak with his investments. This expression comes from gambling. [Mid-1900s]
See also: streak, winning

talk a blue streak

If someone talks a blue streak, they talk a lot and very fast. My Mom always says I talked a blue streak from the time I opened my mouth. Note: You can also say that someone swears or curses a blue streak, meaning that they swear a lot. He was led out by the police, cursing a blue streak as he went. Note: This expression refers to a blue streak of lightning flashing quickly across the sky.
See also: blue, streak, talk

talk a blue streak

speak continuously and at great length. North American informal
A blue streak refers to something like a flash of lightning in its speed and vividness.
See also: blue, streak, talk

like a streak (of lightning)

very fast. informal
See also: like, streak

like greased ˈlightning

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

a ˈyellow streak

(disapproving) the quality of being easily frightened; cowardice: He won’t fight? I always thought he had a yellow streak in him.
Yellow is often used to describe somebody who is a coward.
See also: streak, yellow

have a yellow streak down one’s back

tv. to be cowardly. (Have got can replace have.) wrong. If you have a yellow streak down your back, you don’t take many risks.
See also: back, down, have, streak, yellow


1. in. to move rapidly from one place to another. The train streaked into the station and came to a stop just inches from the end of the track.
2. in. to run about in a public place naked. This kid was streaking back and forth until the cops caught him.
3. tv. to grace or ornament a public place or event with a naked run. Charles streaked the baseball game, but nobody noticed him.
4. n. a naked run in a public place. (see also streaker.) There was a streak at the end of the game, but people were leaving then and didn’t see it.
5. n. an exciting time; a wild party. We had a streak at Tom’s.

talk a blue streak

tv. to talk fast or a lot. Some parrots never talk. Others talk a blue streak whenever it’s light.
See also: blue, streak, talk
References in periodicals archive ?
To recover the Snapchat streak, visit (https://www.
Streak Media is now a subsidiary of Fluent with four full-time employees in Boston and a network of up to 50 curators and club members across the country driving content development, editing and publishing.
Postseason and Super Bowl games count in the streak, while preseason jamborees do not.
At Duke, he was on a team that won 32 straight games in one season, and with the Houston Rockets he was part of an epic 22-game winning streak in 2008.
In recent years, we have not seen anyone make a serious run at a long streak.
Joe DiMaggio's 74 game streak in 1941 ranks as the second longest skein in major league history.
The attentive sports fan will not be surprised to learn that the statistically most awesome streak comes from baseball.
The first thing to remember about the streak is that it is something that happens only to the Mug Punter.
Furthermore, Flower suggested that Streak was responsible for leading the other white players into the boycott.
Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak started inauspiciously when he went 1-4 against Eddie Smith of the Chicago White Sox on May 15, 1941.
Carter eventually took his revenge when he held a well-judged running catch at long leg to deny Phillips the second century of his career and give Streak his sixth wicket.
Pretorius has been signed as the nominated replacement for Streak who was expected to be available only for a two-month slot in mid-season because of his international commitments with Zimbabwe.
In size and spacing, the streamwise vortices were found to correlate closely to streak spacings found in paper.
On the other hand, a well-known director recently informed me he doesn't believe in streaks, then went on to confide that several of his rivals obviously were on a losing streak.
The method is not critical, just that the circles be open, contiguous, and approximately the width of a single streak.