Fast-forward



[fast-fawr-werd, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈfɔr wərd, ˈfɑst-/

verb (used without object)
1.
(on a recording device or projector) to advance a tape or film rapidly, using the fast forward.
noun
1.
a function of an electronic recording device, as a tape recorder or cassette deck, that allows the tape to be advanced rapidly.
2.
the button or switch that activates this function.
noun
1.
(sometimes not hyphenated) the control on a tape deck or video recorder used to wind the tape or video forward at speed
2.
(informal) a state of urgency or rapid progress: my mind went into fast forward
verb
3.
(transitive) to wind (a video or tape) forward using the fast-forward control
4.
to deal with speedily: fast-forward the trials of the new drug
5.
(intransitive) to move forward through a tape or video using the fast-forward control
6.
(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

adjective

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]

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