also called throttle lever. a lever, pedal, handle, etc., for controlling or manipulating a .
the throat, gullet, or windpipe, as of a horse.
to stop the breath of by compressing the throat; strangle.
to choke or suffocate in any way.
to compress by fastening something tightly around.
to silence or check as if by choking:
his message was throttled by censorship.
to obstruct or check the flow of (a fluid), as to control the speed of an engine.
to reduce the pressure of (a fluid) by p-ssing it from a smaller area to a larger one.
at full throttle, at maximum speed.
also called throttle valve. any device that controls the quant-ty of fuel or fuel and air mixture entering an engine
an informal or dialect word for throat
to kill or injure by squeezing the throat
to suppress: to throttle the press
to control or restrict (a flow of fluid) by means of a throttle valve
“strangle to death,” c.1400, probably from middle english throte “throat” (see throat). related: throttled; throttling. the noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle-valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for “throat” (1540s); it appears to be an independent formation, not derived from the verb.
- At full tilt
see: full tilt
- At grade
a degree or step in a scale, as of rank, advancement, quality, value, or intensity: the best grade of paper. a cl-ss of persons or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc. a step or stage in a course or process. a single division of a school cl-ssified according to the age or progress […]
a rack for drying food, as fish. a rack for holding fodder for livestock. a low pile of unburnt bricks in the course of drying. to place (something) on a hack, as for drying or feeding. falconry. to train (a young hawk) by letting it fly freely and feeding it at a or a . […]
- At gunpoint
the or aim of a . at gunpoint, under threat of being shot: he carried out the robber’s orders at gunpoint. noun the muzzle of a gun at gunpoint, being under or using the threat of being shot also, at knifepoint. under coercion, as in i’m going to hold him at gunpoint for that raise […]
- At half-mast
halfway up or down, as in the church bells tolled off and on all day and the flags were at half-mast. this term refers to placing a flag halfway up a ship’s mast or flagpole, a practice used as a mark of respect for a person who has died or, at sea, as a distress […]