Balls to the wall

balls to the wall

adjective phrase

: They are not the cigar-chomping ”balls to the wall” warmongers of popular perceptions

adverb phrase

At or to the extreme; at full speed; all-out, flat out: She is driving balls to the wall in that Mini

[1960s+ Air Force; fr the thrusting of an aircraft throttle, topped by a ball, to the bulkhead of the cockpit to attain full speed]


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