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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.
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But with crosswinds breaking up the race with Etixx-Quick-Step putting the hammer down, it was too much for Thomas as he could not make it up and he eventually abandoned.
FABIAN CANCELLARA was back in racing mode on the Tour yesterday, putting the hammer down on the hellish cobbles of northern France to reclaim the yellow jersey and, more importantly, to improve the overall chances of his team leader Andy Schleck.
Instead, the council has spent some time during its term talking "pressing" issues such as putting the hammer down on street vendors.
We shouldn't start putting the hammer down on kids in the ninth grade.
But he said putting the hammer down on a piece of Welsh rugby history gave him just as much pleasure as Glamorgan CCC look to raise pounds 100,000 for their new museum.
And then GB cap Rowe and her British champion partner Lyons cruised to half way before putting the hammer down and destroying the field in the women's doubles, coming home three lengths clear of Ireland, containing British singles champion Fran Jacob.