throttle

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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.
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at full speed

 and 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.
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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.
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(at) full throttle

if a person or a machine is at full throttle, they are doing something as well and with as much energy as they can By the end of May, the assembly line will be working at full throttle.
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throttle back

or throttle down
v.
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.
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