One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Very fast.‘he is off like a streak’
quickly, fast, swiftly, speedily, at speed, at full speed, at the speed of light, post-haste, hotfoot, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, expeditiously, briskly, promptlyView synonyms
- ‘Of all the fish Charlie is always the first to spot your approach, crossing the pool like a streak of greased lightning to stick his head out of the water.’
- ‘Then he was off like a streak, running up the hill.’
- ‘Suddenly she took off, like a streak, straight ahead, and vanished out of sight.’
- ‘The shark would probably be off like a streak if he saw a man diving toward him.’
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