March 29, 2006

zip through

Posted in Idioms at 8:24 am by Feng

zip through — to move rapidly with a high-pitched sound [wiktionary]

Someone was explaining the security of physical locks. A single lock could be configured to accommodate millions of different keys. The number of keys may appear large to some people, but a computer can exhaustively search for the right "key code" rapidly. He said, "A Pentium 4 can zip through all the possibilities." The phrase makes the "zipping sound"; you can appreciate how fast it really is.

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