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fast food

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
1965-70, Americanism


[fast-food, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈfud, ˈfɑst-/
of or specializing in fast food.
1965-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There ought to be more supervision of the fast-food joints.
  • fast-food franchises have replaced the locally owned eateries.
  • No fast-food concessions, and you have to walk it yourself.
  • Its neighbours are a pawnshop, a petrol station and a couple of fast-food restaurants.
  • When you go to a fast-food restaurant, you expect to get your fries quickly.
  • Drafters, designers and tool-and-die people could find themselves in employment lines instead of fast-food feeders.
  • F acing environmentalists' ire, fast-food franchises switched from polystyrene burger boxes to cardboard several years back.
  • She gets nervous in convenience stores and fast-food restaurants, where so many murders take place.
  • He still lives in his boyhood room at his parents' house and says he hopes to start a fast-food franchise one day.
  • So did restaurants, as fast-food franchises and other chains replaced local diners, and the public library.
British Dictionary definitions for fast-food

fast food

food that requires little preparation before being served
(of a restaurant, café, etc) serving such food
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Slang definitions & phrases for fast-food

fast food


: 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+)

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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