But, really, the whole episode was a reminder of how reform can swerve when a government has its foot to the throttle.
When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways.
Then, adjusting the timer and throttle on the engine and seeing that the gasoline tank was filled, the lad started up his motor.
Then he opened the throttle wide, and advanced the sparking lever a little.
Weaver came to himself a bit and grabbed frantically for brake and throttle and steering-wheel all at once, it looked like.
I was afraid to open the throttle anywhere, lest she break and drop away.
He cut her back a notch, but allowed the throttle to remain wide open.
He remembered that day, long ago, when he had opened the throttle of his first machine.
I questioned, more perhaps to throttle my own nervousness by speech than from better motive.
Norris restrained an impulse to throttle him and allowed Barry to proceed.
"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.