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  • Traditional
 
Idiom
like blazes
like greased lightening
like a bullet
like a rocket
like the wind
like a blue streak
 
 
Meaning
extremely fast
 
 
Usage
After the phone call he was out the door like a bullet.
 
 
Usage
That motorbike rider was going like blazes and completely ignoring the road rules.
 
 
Story
The likening of speed to lightning dates from the 1500s, and grease was added in the early 1800s to further accentuate the idea of haste.
 
 
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