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Fast and furious

Posted by ESC on July 13, 2001

In Reply to: Fast and Furious-origin posted by Kathleen Hitt on July 12, 2001

: Can anyone tell me about the "origin" of this phrase?
: Thank you.

FAST AND FURIOUS -- "Intense, heated. Robert Burns's 'Tam 0' Shanter' has:
As Tammie glow' red, amazed, and curious,
The mirth and fun grew fast and furious."

From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).