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    Post was soon barreling off to the fair

    From McCain’s Mrs. Right | Newsweek Politics: Conventions | Newsweek.com

    In the text below, what does "barreling off" mean?

    Like any normal teenager, he dangled the keys over his head, just out of reach, and extorted a promise of a full gas tank when she returned. She took it all good-naturedly and was soon barreling off to the fair in her son's jalopy (a Toyota Camry with a cracked windshield), electronic gadgets buzzing in her pockets, still spouting her conservative theories on social policy to the reporter.

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    Re: was soon barreling off to the fair

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    From McCain’s Mrs. Right | Newsweek Politics: Conventions | Newsweek.com

    In the text below, what does "barreling off" mean?

    Like any normal teenager, he dangled the keys over his head, just out of reach, and extorted a promise of a full gas tank when she returned. She took it all good-naturedly and was soon barreling off to the fair in her son's jalopy (a Toyota Camry with a cracked windshield), electronic gadgets buzzing in her pockets, still spouting her conservative theories on social policy to the reporter.
    Driving, perhaps a bit fast.

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    Smile Re: was soon barreling off to the fair

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Driving, perhaps a bit fast.
    I got it! From barrel - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    18.Informal. to travel or drive very fast: to barrel along the highway. Idiom

    Does the preposition "off" means she is leaving? I am sorry, I am not good with grammar. In fact, I am not good with English at all.

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    Re: was soon barreling off to the fair

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Does the preposition "off" means she is leaving? I am sorry, I am not good with grammar. In fact, I am not good with English at all.
    Yes, leaving to go to the fair, no need to say sorry, and judging by the way your posts are presented, you are not too bad either.

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