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Efficient visual object detection is of central interest in computer vision and pattern recognition due to its wide ranges of applications. Viola and Jones' detector has become a de facto framework . In this work, we propose a new method to design a cascade of boosted classifiers for fast object detection, which combines linear asymmetric classification (LAC) into the recent multi-exit cascade structure. Therefore, the proposed method takes advantages of both LAC and the multi-exit cascade. Namely, (1) the multi-exit cascade structure collects all the scores of prior nodes for decision making at the current node, which reduces the loss of decision information; (2) LAC considers the asymmetric nature of the node training. We also show that the multi-exit cascade better meets the assumption of LAC learning than the standard Viola-Jones' cascade, both theoretically and empirically. Experiments confirm that our method outperforms existing methods such as Viola and Jones  and Wu et al.  on the MIT+CMU test data set.