What does full send mean?
YOLO! If you do something full send, especially in extreme sports, you’re doing it it full-throttle and with 100% commitment—even if you end up failing.
In extended, popular slang, full send has the sense of “intense,” “hardcore,” or “without regard to consequences.”
Where does full send come from?
In rock climbing, a send is a run in which a climber completes a route without falling or resting. To send is to complete such a run. The term—said to originate in climbing slang in the 1990s and possibly inspired by the notion of sending as “delivering” on a promise—spread to snowboarding, skiing, mountain-biking, and skateboarding. In these extreme sports, to send is to perform a run cleanly and flawlessly.
For the high-octane snowboarder or skier, going full send is like grabbing the bull by its horns, launching confidently into a run even if it means crashing spectacularly. This expression is evidenced by at least 2015.
— NORTHEASTRIDERS (@NortheastRiders) February 18, 2015
One skier, Colton Hardy, helped popularize full send through his social media (@jerryoftheday) in 2015. Hardy took to using full send for doing something hardcore—especially when sharing clips of people wiping out.
— Jerry of the Day (@jerryoftheday) January 14, 2017
What seems to have really pushed full send over the edge, as it were, were viral videos from early 2017 of a Canadian man, Larry Enticer, performing jumps on a snowmobile—and wiping out. In the videos and when sharing them on social media, Enticer often used send it before inevitably crashing.
WhEn ShEs nOT sUre If She WAntS tO seNd YoU NudEs pic.twitter.com/hzctQZyhEG
— Larry Enticer (@LarryEnticer) March 28, 2017
Thanks to the popularity of Enticer’s videos and his send it catchphrase, full send spread outside of extreme sports as a comment on reckless stunts that end in (usually humorous) failure.
Full Send @ Beer Olympics Yesterday pic.twitter.com/bNbjs5M0P4
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilson1212) April 16, 2017
Examples of full send
Who uses full send?
Full send is still popularly used in extreme sports like snowboarding. It also is used in other sports, like baseball or softball, for making a big play or effort.
Jenna Holcomb went full send on that😳pic.twitter.com/Y8JzKj1i5P
— FloSoftball (@FloSoftball) April 8, 2019
As these examples show, full send is often used as an adverb in the phrase going full send or doing something full send. It can also be an adjective, noun, or verb for various states of full-send-ery.
I'm at chilis getting drunk as FUCK pouring drinks all over myself. Folks, it's gonna be a full send tonight.
— Autozone Jones (@robbywgucci) June 11, 2017
should I full send and pierce my belly today????? 🥺
— bad binch (@lilbadbinch) February 18, 2019
It can also act like an interjection, commenting on the extremeness of something.
dying it to platinum soon, nah fam? or full send? pic.twitter.com/9kjXQF9R1p
— Nicole P (@nicolescreams) March 8, 2019
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