put the hammer down

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put the hammer down

To press down the accelerator (of an automobile) as far as possible; to accelerate to or travel at an automobile's maximum speed. Primarily heard in US. It would normally take us three days driving to New York from Colorado, but with my brother putting the hammer down the whole way, we made it in two.
See also: down, hammer, put
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Some of the boys are a bit frustrated they are not getting their opportunity with the top team, and that is the perfect ingredient to go out there and put the hammer down against a good side.
But the in-form Scottish side, who have now won their last seven successive matches, put the hammer down thereafter with no fewer than seven 5-1s and a 4-2 in the next eight races.
Overall leader Chris Froome put the hammer down on the Tour de France when the Briton humiliated his rivals in the first mountain test, winning the 10th stage in awe-inspiring fashion on Tuesday.
The gap wasn't too wide, though, until the last 400m when I really put the hammer down.
The Dons have put the hammer down in pursuit of second spot and Saturday's 6-1 dismantling of Orient made it 19 points out of 21 and 21 goals in those seven matches.
Just one second separated Bogie and Gallacher in Yair as the latter put the hammer down.
Speed Kit -- Put the hammer down and outrun opponents or take aim and knock out the competition on these long straightaways.
Garmin really put the hammer down on the first climb, and it was the first day this Tour where we really experienced heat as well.
As soon as I came out of the bend I put the hammer down to come off the lad who was second.
Our families and friends really put the hammer down the last hours
With 28 minutes left of the race he knew he could make up ground and, exiting the pits, he put the hammer down even more.
The Ducks added 3 1/2 points with a fifth-place tie from Sammie Clark in the pole vault (13-1/4), and then put the hammer down in the 200, which allowed them to rest Hasay in the 5,000, and run their "B" unit in the 4x400 relay.
After Wachusett failed to convert a fourth-down play on its first possession, the Pioneer offense began to put the hammer down.
It was make or break time, and I put the hammer down on the drag, slowly bringing the sandpaper-sided fish to the surface.
Radwanska matched her in the early games of that final set, but when Williams put the hammer down there was no stopping her.