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full speed ahead

Also,full steam ahead. As fast and as strongly as possible. For example, There's only one way we'll get there on time, so go full speed ahead, or Production would go full steam ahead as soon as the orders were confirmed. It is also put aswith a full head of steam, as in She was traveling with a full head of steam—she was due there at noon. These expressions all allude to the steam engine, where full steam signifies that a boiler has developed maximum pressure. They became well known through an order allegedly given by Admiral David Farragut at the battle of Mobile Bay (1864): “Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!”
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  • At the same instant the limousine leaped to full speed ahead.

    The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks
  • Then he signalled for full speed ahead and ground the wheel over.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • full speed ahead, as soon as you like—guns all ready, I suppose?

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • An instant after the engine bells tinkled: ‘full speed ahead.’

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • full speed ahead, commanded the coxswain of the little steamer.

    The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin
  • And he signalled to the engine-room, first to “Stop”, and then to go “full speed ahead.”

    The Cruise of the Thetis Harry Collingwood
  • The tactics usually employed were as follows: watching his opportunity, the captain gave the order "full speed ahead!"

  • He might have been signalling "full speed ahead" from the bridge of an Atlantic liner.

  • Acknowledge the signal, Mr. Briggs, and give the order for full speed ahead.

  • I signalled for full speed ahead and brought her head upstream, and held on like grim death to keep her there.

    The World Set Free Herbert George Wells

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