from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Inexpensive food, such as hamburgers and fried chicken, prepared and served quickly.

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  • n. A type of meal that is often standardized, pre-prepared, and served quickly.
  • n. A type of food that is quickly made, but of low nutritional value; junk food.
  • n. Anything standardized, quickly available, and inexpensive, often, of low value.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly


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  • So if you place a moratorium on drive-throughs, you will make fast food a whole lot less convenient and will take away the spontaneity that leaves you “supersized.”

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  • The Quadrangle at U of D was jammed, a thousand-plus kids sharing tables, studying, batting the breeze, sipping Starbucks, or scarfing fast food from the booths that ringed the room.


  • Ian turned north, the tram-lines and the sea wall to the left, the endless string of cheap hotels, amusement arcades, gifte shoppes, pubs, and fast food outlets to their right.

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  • To hold on to streamline-minded customers, some of the better known fast food brands invested billions of dollars in a market that even ten years ago was already deemed mature.


  • Buck Barnes had run two-thirds of the way across the street when he decided that he needed to cut back on fast food and start making use of the workout facilities down at the station.


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  • Do we want to just isolate them and have some gas stations, fast food restaurants down here, or do we want to — and we were thinking about this both with the strategic plan as well as with HandMade — how about making [State Route] 213 from the interchange of I-26 coming into Mars Hill, how about making that the gateway to Madison County?

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    The Sacred Promise

  • These superfrequent customers account for 80 percent of all fast food revenues.



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