One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘we were full of vim and zip’
enthusiasm, zest, zestfulness, appetite, relish, gusto, eagerness, keenness, avidity, zeal, fervour, ardour, passion, love, enjoyment, joy, delight, pleasure, excitement
vigour, verve, liveliness, sparkle, fizz, effervescence, fire, animation, vitality, dynamism, energy, buoyancy, brio, bounce, pep, spirit, spiritedness, exuberance, high spirits, high-spiritedness
zing, oomph, vim, pizzazz, get-up-and-go
1‘house martins zipped back and forth over the lake’
speed, 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
belt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, leg it, zap, 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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