Definition of fast lane in US English:

fast lane

noun

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

    • ‘He ran a hand through his hair and pulled into the fast lane on the freeway.’
    • ‘Would we all be scared off the fast lane of Britain's motorways by Ferraris traveling at over 200 mph?’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘It is just to put the brakes on, to make sure we are not pulling into the fast lane of the motorway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fast lane of certain streets would be marked and only new buses would be allowed to travel in these lanes.’
    • ‘Its boundaries have become blurred, reduced to a completely useless and arbitrary sign along the fast lane or the shoulder of a highway.’
    • ‘The feed lane goes straight into the fast lane - I mean - have you ever heard of the like?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Speeding should be left on the race track not the local high housing estate or the fast lane of the motorway.’
    • ‘One morning I saw a guy galloping down the fast lane of the motorway on a horse!’
    • ‘All three lanes were blocked but the fast lane was re-opened after 15 minutes to allow traffic to flow.’
    • ‘In the UK, when your car passes another one on the motorway you must move into the fast lane to achieve this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A tripartite agreement will be signed for executing the project and operating the fast lane highway.’
    • ‘If there is someone slower than you already overtaking in the middle lane you move into the fast lane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problem is, what if the engine stops while he is already on the fast lane of a nearby toll road?’
    • ‘One frustrated lorry driver pulled into the fast lane to overtake the convoy.’
    1. 1.1 A 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.’

Phrases

  • life in the fast lane

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

Pronunciation

fast lane

/ˈfas(t) ˌlān//ˈfæs(t) ˌleɪn/