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1(in science fiction) a supposed propulsion system for travel in hyperspace:‘Mark may not be able to handle a hyperdrive’[mass noun] ‘I slammed the ship into hyperdrive’
- ‘It is the hyperdrive that enables vessels to travel at faster-than-light speeds, which amazes my people.’
- ‘Sir, it will take a few minutes to prime the hyperdrive, and the Helio-Fighters are dropping on ammo.’
- ‘I know more about starship engines and hyperdrives than I ever wanted to know.’
- ‘Take up screening positions around Nova Fortress and have your hyperdrives slaved to ours.’
- ‘Propulsion was handled by four cold-fusion engines and the hyperdrive systems were prototype units.’
- 1.1[mass noun] Frantic activity; overdrive:‘the proliferation of house music sub-genres has gone into hyperdrive’
- ‘The information revolution may have made this possible, but it's the advent of wireless communication that put it in hyperdrive.’
- ‘It has stayed in hyperdrive since, which is why I eat so much.’
- ‘Guilty of blasting the anime craze into hyperdrive here in the U.S., Robotech remains a classic of the genre that is deserving of its reputation.’
- ‘The industry went into hyperdrive, everyone trying to get projects into production in time for the seemingly inevitable actor's strike.’
- ‘And Gates responded by putting his company into hyperdrive.’
- ‘Sports media have gone into hyperdrive to assess this confounding hybrid of the most widely viewed of all American institutions.’
- ‘The implications of working in this kind of hyperdrive - in Dell time - are profound.’
- ‘Our team kicked into hyperdrive the last couple months of the 2001 season.’
- ‘Some players seem to be on autopilot until the last five minutes, then suddenly launch into hyperdrive and play their hearts out for the victory.’
- ‘It seems to have gone into Christmas hyperdrive already, even down to the level of Christmas spice scented toilet cleaner in festive red bottles.’
- ‘It also got my salivary glands into hyperdrive with its description of all the extra goodies included in the re-release.’
- ‘Your nerves are in hyperdrive because you're constantly looking for an attack.’
- ‘The last week of school was supposed to be spent reviewing and taking it easy, not kicking it into hyperdrive.’
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