Definition of fast lane in English:

fast lane


  • 1A lane of a highway for use by traffic that is moving faster than the rest.

    • ‘One frustrated lorry driver pulled into the fast lane to overtake the convoy.’
    • ‘A tripartite agreement will be signed for executing the project and operating the fast lane highway.’
    • ‘Speeding should be left on the race track not the local high housing estate or the fast lane of the motorway.’
    • ‘The fast lane of certain streets would be marked and only new buses would be allowed to travel in these lanes.’
    • ‘Realising that this is leading to fuel wastage, of late, the car pool concept is gaining popularity, with such cars enjoying the privilege of speeding on the fast lanes of highways.’
    • ‘Motorway signs indicated that the middle and fast lanes were closed ahead and the three vehicles moved to the slow lane and began to reduce their speed.’
    • ‘It is just to put the brakes on, to make sure we are not pulling into the fast lane of the motorway.’
    • ‘All three lanes were blocked but the fast lane was re-opened after 15 minutes to allow traffic to flow.’
    • ‘Its boundaries have become blurred, reduced to a completely useless and arbitrary sign along the fast lane or the shoulder of a highway.’
    • ‘Those drivers who pull half out into the fast lane when approaching road works in an effort to stop cheeky folk from sneaking past must be consumed by some terrible, dangerous anger.’
    • ‘One morning I saw a guy galloping down the fast lane of the motorway on a horse!’
    • ‘The feed lane goes straight into the fast lane - I mean - have you ever heard of the like?’
    • ‘If there is someone slower than you already overtaking in the middle lane you move into the fast lane.’
    • ‘He ran a hand through his hair and pulled into the fast lane on the freeway.’
    • ‘The problem is, what if the engine stops while he is already on the fast lane of a nearby toll road?’
    • ‘‘The new bus lane will enable buses to use the fast lanes instead of the slow ones in order to avoid traffic congestion,’ he said.’
    • ‘Would we all be scared off the fast lane of Britain's motorways by Ferraris traveling at over 200 mph?’
    • ‘In the UK, when your car passes another one on the motorway you must move into the fast lane to achieve this.’
    • ‘While driving through Kingston, Jen tried to light a cigarette while driving, and we spun out of the fast lane at 120 kph, across three lanes of oncoming traffic, and backwards into a ditch.’
    • ‘Reuben thought it was adorable, although Felix's driving began to scare him a little when he switched into the fast lane on the highway.’
    1. 1.1A situation in which life is hectic or highly pressured.
      ‘his face showed the strain of a life lived in the fast lane’
      [as modifier] ‘a youth culture of fast-lane living’
      • ‘Instant noodles can be found in the kitchen cupboard of most families, especially those who live in the fast lane, because they are quick and easy to prepare.’
      • ‘But, as he readily admits, he spent a lot more time living in the fast lane off the court than playing in it on the court.’


  • life in the fast lane

    • An exciting and eventful lifestyle, especially one bringing wealth and success.

      • ‘Living in Bridge of Weir in deepest, leafiest Renfrewshire allows 40-year-old Flynn to escape life in the fast lane.’
      • ‘Her brother Steve said: ‘Despite her health problems she lived her life in the fast lane and was always laughing.’’
      • ‘A good many people who live life in the fast lane for most of the year slow down and take it easy as December comes to an end, for they desire to spare some time for those loved ones living far away.’
      • ‘Yet despite the sub-zero temperatures and heavy, leaded skies almost touching the land, I reflected that Norfolk offered a meaningful and quite spiritual respite from life in the fast lane.’
      • ‘Maybe it's the California lifestyle - life in the fast lane.’
      • ‘He said: ‘He lived life in the fast lane and was always upbeat and the biggest person in the crowd.’’
      • ‘He lived life in the fast lane and enjoyed the challenges he encountered, picking winners in the sales ring and watching them win races - and big races at that - when the time came to show their worth.’
      • ‘When the Advertiser appeared in 1854, townspeople relied on true horsepower, putting your foot down meant being firm and there was no such thing as life in the fast lane.’
      • ‘When living life in the fast lane, there is rarely time to think about others, even if they are the ones who double our joys and share our sufferings.’
      • ‘Maybe he is making a cutting and slightly surreal film about life in the fast lane of a hard-working-but-slightly-bizarre IT department.’


fast lane

/ˈfas(t) ˌlān/