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high-octane

[hahy-ok-teyn] /ˈhaɪˈɒk teɪn/
adjective
1.
noting a gasoline with a relatively high octane number, characterized by high efficiency and freedom from knock.
2.
Informal. forceful or intense; dynamic; high-powered:
high-octane efforts to obliterate the competition.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
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British Dictionary definitions for high-octane

high-octane

adjective
1.
(of petrol) having a high octane number
2.
(informal) dynamic, forceful, or intense: high-octane drive and efficiency
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Slang definitions & phrases for high-octane

high-octane

adjective

Forceful; energetic; high-powered, punchy: A pompous classical overture gives way to a jittery, high-octane beat and frayed guitar riffs

[1980s+; fr the octane rating of motor fuels, from about 1930]


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