whiz past

whiz past

1. To pass or seem to pass by someone or something with great speed. (Can be used with or without a direct object.) The car whizzed past so fast that I couldn't make out the numbers on its license plate. Tom whizzed by me on the way to his class, so I didn't have a chance to ask him about the weekend. Wow, the summer has been just whizzing past, hasn't it?
2. To be unable to have been understood or noticed by someone. That joke just seemed to whiz past Alan. I thought I was prepared, but a lot of the questions on the quiz totally whizzed past me.
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whiz past someone or something

to move or travel past someone or something at a high speed. The train whizzed past one little town after another. I whizzed past Chuck because I did not recognize him.
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References in classic literature ?
The members of the Cape Pleasant Club were easygoing refugees from other and more exacting clubs, men who pottered rather than raced round the links; men, in short, who had grown tired of having to stop their game and stand aside in order to allow perspiring experts to whiz past them.
This scheme would mean that screaming idiots would whiz past my apartment 48 times an hour.
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Looking back at her career, Britney mused that, after her debut, things seemed to just whiz past.
Petersburg police officer was driving home just after midnight, he saw a car whiz past him, driving about 100 miles per hour, authorities said, CNN reported.
All too often, pedestrians are in fear of their safety when cyclists suddenly whiz past.
The Irish shooting party had told how they watched "dangerous shots" whiz past them as they sheltered in a hide made of shrubbery.
Since the closure of the river-front road into the city centre, the traffic has been appalling, but it isn't helped by these ignorant morons who think it is clever to ignore the restrictions and whiz past fellow motorists on the inside lane, despite clear warnings.
I have only once seen a motorcyclist on a pavement but pedal cyclists routinely use them, while skateboards occasionally whiz past my window as I contemplate my garden.
This backward angle is commonly called "opening the garden gate" and will allow the ball to whiz past the defender to the intended receiver.
The maddeningly brief clips here salute the most memorably horrendous moments from five decades and 1 although they whiz past in a blur, it's almost heroic the way this contest unfailingly manages to bring out the worst in every country.
The new 'bendibuses' in London are a delight to travel on; easy access, comfort and smooth ride, accompanied by clear road space so that they whiz past other traffic.
On the Chukka Blue Adventures Canopy Tour, adventuresome tourists can watch the rainforest canopy whiz past while harnessed to a zip-line.
Small Kuiper belt comets whiz past Saturn at speeds several times as fast as that of a bullet.
Practically the entire novel appears in summary form, which means that twists, turns and untoward events whiz past at an alarming rate.