One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘we hastened back to Paris’
hurry, go fast, go quickly, make haste, hurtle, dash, dart, race, rush, fly, flash, shoot, streak, bolt, bound, blast, charge, chase, career, hurry up, speed up, scurry, scramble, scamper, scuttle, sprint, run, gallop, go like lightning, go hell for leather
informal whizz, whoosh, vroom, tear, scoot, hare, pelt, zip, whip, zoom, belt, beetle, buzz, get a move on, step on it, hotfoot it, leg it, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
British informal bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down, go like the clappers
Scottish informal wheech
North American informal hightail, barrel, boogie, clip, lay rubber, get the lead out
North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass
dated, informal cut along
archaic post, hie, fleet
2‘stress chemicals can hasten ageing’
speed up, make faster, accelerate, quicken, precipitate, expedite, advance, hurry on, step up, push forward, urge on, spur on
facilitate, aid, assist, help, boost
informal crank up, gee up
delay, slow down
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