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balls to the wall

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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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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