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Fire on all cylinders

verb phrase

To operate or proceed at maximum speed and efficiency: Europe’s economy will fire on all cylinders/ a world firing on all cylinders, where the US, Japan, and Europe are all growing simultaneously (1990s+)
Also, hit or click on all cylinders. Function very well, as in Once we figured out how to use the new software, the department was firing on all cylinders, or “So the best infielder takes time to fit into the infield of a Big League club and have it hit on all four cylinders again” (Christy Mathewson, Pitching in a Pinch, 1912). This term transfers the functioning of an internal combustion engine, which works best when all its cylinders ignite, to broader use. [ Early 1900s ]


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