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At maximum possible speed. Derived from operation of a mechanical governor on a steam engine, where a shaft spun two opposing balls. When maximum speed was set, the balls rotated in their greatest radius.

We're so late on delivering on the Hiphip Project we need to go balls out - so we'll start with an all-nighter. [ED. Any idea of the etymology of balls to the wall, which means essentially the same.]


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  • balls-out — ˈbȯlz¦au̇t adjective Etymology: balls out (herein) 1. : characterized by maximum intensity : all out : full out a balls out effort often considered vulgar 2. : characterized by bold aggre …   Useful english dictionary

  • balls out — adverb Etymology: balls, plural of ball (I) (testis) : at the maximum attainable speed or capacity : all out running balls out to be as far up front as possible Patricia N. Warrren detachments in Gonaïves … are operating balls out while here in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • balls-out — adj full scale, full tilt. A vulgar version of all out, this fairly uncommon intensify ing expression is normally used by males …   Contemporary slang

  • balls-out — 1. adjective extreme, extremely great 2. adverb a) with great abandon b) At the fastest possible speed …   Wiktionary

  • Balls-out — aggressive in a masculine way …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • balls-out — Australian Slang aggressive in a masculine way …   English dialects glossary

  • Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach — est un film américain sorti en 2007 et réalisé par Danny Leiner avec au casting Seann William Scott et Randy Quaid. Synopsis Suit à la mort du coach de tennis d un collège un surveillant un peu fou décide d entrainer une équipe pour le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • go balls out — go ˈballs out idiom to do sth in a very determined or extreme way, especially when it means taking risks • The team went balls out in the final. Main entry: ↑ballsidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Balls to Picasso — Balls to Picasso …   Википедия

  • Balls of Steel (TV series) — Balls of Steel Format Comedy / Reality TV Developed by Objective Productions Starring …   Wikipedia

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