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fast forward

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


[fast-fawr-werd, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈfɔr wərd, ˈfɑst-/
verb (used without object)
(on a recording device or projector) to advance a tape or film rapidly, using the fast forward. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for fast-forward
  • fast-forward two decades and the press chose to restart the venture.
  • It means you can fast-forward your degree by testing out of stuff you've already mastered.
  • fast-forward through a few decades and career changes.
  • fast-forward a century, and researchers are once again beaming short electromagnetic pulses across their labs.
  • Let me now fast-forward to our own time and try some questions that will probably prove almost equally perplexing.
  • fast-forward to today and the list is way longer and much more diverse.
  • fast-forward amputees are remaking life and limb on their own.
  • Malaria parasites reproduce so quickly that they evolve on fast-forward, constantly spinning out new mutations.
  • One, because tapes allow me to fast-forward past commercials, which aren't interesting enough to put me to sleep.
British Dictionary definitions for fast-forward


(sometimes not hyphenated) the control on a tape deck or video recorder used to wind the tape or video forward at speed
(informal) a state of urgency or rapid progress: my mind went into fast forward
(transitive) to wind (a video or tape) forward using the fast-forward control
to deal with speedily: fast-forward the trials of the new drug
(intransitive) to move forward through a tape or video using the fast-forward control
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for fast-forward



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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