Put the pedal to the metal


Regulating or deregulating highway speeds: President Clinton will sign what friends and foes alike call ”the pedal to the metal bill”

verb phrase

To accelerate; go fast; give it the gun: Bolan settled back on creaky springs, and put the pedal to the metal (1980s+)


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  • Put the skids on

    Bring to a halt, as in The school committee put the skids on the idea of a dress code. The word skid here probably refers to a shoe or drag that applies pressure to the wheel of a vehicle to prevent it from moving.

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    verb phrase To take or commandeer; seize; kidnap: The Treasury Department is going to put the snatch on virtually the entire 40 grand (1940s+)

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