One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the monster gets zapped by a flying saucer’
annihilate, destroy, wipe out, obliterate, wipe off the face of the earth, wipe off the map, kill, slaughter, exterminate, eliminate, liquidate, eradicate, extinguish, finish off, erase, root out, extirpate
take out, rub out, snuff out, waste
create, build, establish
2‘racing cars zapped past on the track below’
hurry, race, run, sprint, speed, 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
belt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, leg it, zip, whip, scoot, scorch, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
British bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down, go like the clappers
North American clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber, get the lead out
North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass
archaic post, hie
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