balls\ to\ the\ wall

At full speed. Early jet-age expression referring to the bakelite balls on the top of a aircraft throttle. To push the same towards the firewall of the aircraft and go at maximum speed.

We needed to make up time on the red-eye to LAX so we went balls to the wall from Phoenix onwards.


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