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at full throttle
As fast as something or someone can go Once Tom caught the ball, he took off at full throttle toward the end zone. I started feeling nauseous on the way home because Kelly was driving at full throttle on a windy highway.
at full speed
As fast as possible. I drove at full speed, and I still got there late. Do you think she has a chance to win the race, if she runs at full speed? They are planning this wedding at full speed. I hope they don't forget any major details.
(at) full throttle
As fast as something or someone can go. Once Tom caught the ball, he took off at full throttle toward the end zone. I started feeling nauseous on the way home because Kelly was driving full throttle on a windy highway.
at full speedand at full tilt; at full throttle
as fast as possible. The motor was running at full speed. John finished his running at full tilt. When the horse reached the back stretch he was at full throttle.
throttle something down
to reduce the speed of an engine by adjusting the throttle. She throttled her engine down and came to a stop. She throttled down her engine.
at full throttleor
If you do something at full throttle or full throttle, you do it with all your energy and effort. Many violinists continue playing at full throttle well into old age. She was a high-powered Western businesswoman who went at things full throttle. Note: When someone is behaving like this, you can say they are at full throttle or are in full throttle. This was the actress whom I had seen in full throttle in performance the previous year. Note: Full throttle is used in other structures with a similar meaning. Palmer gives it full throttle on his latest album. Note: If an engine is operating at full throttle, it is operating at its maximum speed.
(at) full ˈthrottleif you do something at full throttle, you do it with as much speed and energy as you can: He’s determined to live his whole life at full throttle.
The throttle is a device that controls the amount of fuel going into the engine of a vehicle.
throttle backor throttle down
1. To decrease the speed of an engine with a throttle: The captain throttled back when we entered the harbor.
2. To decrease the speed of some engine with a throttle: The captain throttled back the engine as we approached the dock. The pilot throttled the engine back to idle.