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 as with 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!”
BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
Words nearby full speed ahead
Example sentences from the Web for full speed ahead
Fish was a popular, optimistic man, with a "full-speed-ahead" temperament.The History of the Telephone|Herbert N. Casson