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1‘Lesley grew frustrated at the slow speed of their progress’
rate, pace, tempo, momentum
2‘we were grateful for the speed of the government's response’
rapidity, swiftness, speediness, alacrity, quickness, fastness, celerity, velocity, dispatch, promptness, immediacy, expeditiousness, expedition, briskness, sharpness
haste, hurry, hurriedness, precipitateness
informal lick, clip
1‘I sped back home’
hurry, race, run, sprint, dash, bolt, dart, rush, hasten, hurtle, career, streak, shoot, whizz, zoom, go like lightning, go hell for leather, spank along, bowl along, rattle along, whirl, whoosh, buzz, swoop, flash, blast, charge, stampede, gallop, sweep, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, scutter, scramble
informal belt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, leg it, zap, zip, whip, scoot, scorch, 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 clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber, get the lead out
North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass
archaic post, hie
2‘Cook was over the limit and he was speeding’
drive too fast, exceed the speed limit, break the speed limit
3‘a short holiday will speed his recovery’
hasten, expedite, speed up, hurry up, accelerate, step up, advance, further, forward, promote, boost, give a boost to, stimulate, aid, assist, help along, facilitate
informal crank up
hinder, hold up, set back, slow down
‘she keeps the sales staff up to speed on agronomic issues’
familiarize, make conversant, acquaint, get up to date, keep up to date
accustom to, habituate to, instruct in, coach in, train in, teach in, educate in, school in, prime in, indoctrinate in, initiate into, introduce to
gen up on, clue in on, clue up on, put in the picture about, put wise to, give the gen about, give the low-down on, give a rundown of, fill in on
‘Smith shouted at them to speed up’
hurry up, accelerate, move faster, go faster, drive faster, get a move on, put a spurt on, open it up, increase speed, pick up speed, gather speed
get cracking, get moving, step on it, step on the gas, shake a leg, rattle one's dags
get one's skates on, stir one's stumps
get a wiggle on
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