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fast forward

noun
1.
a function of an electronic recording device, as a tape recorder or cassette deck, that allows the tape to be advanced rapidly.
2.
the button or switch that activates this function.

fast-forward

[fast-fawr-werd, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈfɔr wərd, ˈfɑst-/
verb (used without object)
1.
(on a recording device or projector) to advance a tape or film rapidly, using the fast forward.
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Examples from the web for fast forward
  • If you tire of the plot, fast forward to the sequence of real nuclear explosions set to music.
  • Many on the academic right want to fast forward to a future that isn't sustainable.
  • fast forward four years, we've finished our respective training programs and our careers have begun.
  • fast forward to now, where our generation is beginning to have families of their own.
  • fast forward five years, and she has come into a bandleader role kicking and screaming.
  • fast forward to his unlikely presidential candidacy.
  • If you fast forward it, you can see the light ambience change from yellow to deep blue.
  • They'll only fast forward through many of the frills.
  • No rewind or fast forward functions on content currently downloading.
  • And you can skip, pause fast forward as much as you want.
British Dictionary definitions for fast forward

fast-forward

noun
1.
(sometimes not hyphenated) the control on a tape deck or video recorder used to wind the tape or video forward at speed
2.
(informal) a state of urgency or rapid progress: my mind went into fast forward
verb
3.
(transitive) to wind (a video or tape) forward using the fast-forward control
4.
to deal with speedily: fast-forward the trials of the new drug
5.
(intransitive) to move forward through a tape or video using the fast-forward control
6.
(usually foll by to) to direct one's attention towards a particular time or event, ignoring intervening material: fast-forward to the summer of 2008
Word Origin
C20: from the fast-forward wind control in a tape deck
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Slang definitions & phrases for fast forward

fast-forward

adjective

Very much up-to-date; socially and intellectually dynamic; proactive; Ahead of the Curve: hip, fast-forward people

[1980s+; fr the control on a tape player that advances the tape very rapidly]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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