fast lane

noun
1.
Also called express lane. the lane of a multilane roadway that is used by fast-moving vehicles, as when passing slower traffic.
2.
Informal. any scene, activity, or pursuit that is exciting, high-pressured, competitive, swift-moving, and sometimes dissipated or dangerous: Alcoholism and stress are often the price for living life in the fast lane.
Compare fast track.


Origin:
1965–70

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fast lane
 
n
1.  the outside lane on a motorway or dual carriageway for vehicles overtaking or travelling at high speed
2.  informal the quickest but most competitive route to success

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fast lane

Also, life in the fast lane. A lifestyle that involves free spending and self-indulgence, and sometimes also dissipation and danger. For example, They're finding that life in the fast lane can be very stressful. This term alludes to the highway express lane used by faster vehicles to pass slower ones. [Colloquial; c. 1970] Also see fast track.

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Example sentences
On the new divided highways that funnel people into the unplanned city, oxcarts
  were heading the wrong way in the fast lane.
If this is the information superhighway, we'd better get in the fast lane.
Gliding off down the fast lane in a sports car, stopping to fill up with thirty
  litres of petrol.
The naturally fearless, for example, live in the fast lane from their diaper
  days.
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