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fast food

noun
1.
food, as hamburgers, pizza, or fried chicken, that is prepared in quantity by a standardized method and can be dispensed quickly at inexpensive restaurants for eating there or elsewhere.
Origin of fast food
1965-1970
1965-70, Americanism

fast-food

[fast-food, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈfud, ˈfɑst-/
adjective
1.
of or specializing in fast food.
Origin
1965-70, Americanism
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fast food

noun
1.
food that requires little preparation before being served
adjective
2.
(of a restaurant, café, etc) serving such food
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fast food

modifier

: a fast-food chain

noun phrase

Food like hamburgers, fried chicken, etc, cooked and served very rapidly and uniformly, usually by large catering corporations (1951+)

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