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fire on all cylinders

1. To have all cylinders in an engine functioning. There's something wrong with my car—it's definitely not firing on all cylinders.
2. To function or operate at the most desirable or greatest possible level of efficiency, speed, or productivity. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) The new website will be firing on all cylinders once we get the comments section up and running! I only fire on all cylinders after I've had my coffee.
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hit on all cylinders

To operate, perform, function, or proceed exceptionally well or at the greatest possible speed or efficiency. We'll be hitting on all cylinders if we get Janet to join our team.
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cylinder head

The metal casing that fits onto a cylinder block in an internal-combustion engine. A: "Did dad say what's wrong with the car?" B: "I don't know, something about needing to fix the cylinder head, whatever that means!"
See also: cylinder, head

be firing on all cylinders

To be functioning or operating at the most desirable or greatest possible level of efficiency, speed, or productivity. The automated messaging process is firing on all cylinders now that we've solved the bouncing issue. I'll be firing on all cylinders after I've had my coffee.
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be hitting on all cylinders

To be functioning or operating at the most desirable or greatest possible level of efficiency, speed, or productivity. The automated messaging process is hitting on all cylinders now that we've solved the bouncing issue. I'll be hitting on all cylinders after I've had my coffee.
See also: all, cylinder, hit, on

work on all cylinders

1. To have all cylinders in an engine functioning. There's something wrong with my car—it's definitely not working on all cylinders.
2. By extension, to function or operate at the most desirable or greatest possible level of efficiency, speed, or productivity. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) The new website will be working on all cylinders once we get the comments section up and running! I only work on all cylinders after I've had my coffee.
See also: all, cylinder, on, work

fire on all four cylinders

To function or operate at the most desirable or greatest possible level of efficiency, speed, or productivity. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) The phrase alludes to the cylinders in an engine. The new website will be firing on all four cylinders once we get the comments section up and running! I only fire on all four cylinders after I've had my coffee.
See also: all, cylinder, fire, four, on

run on all cylinders

1. To have all cylinders in an engine functioning. There's something wrong with my car—it's definitely not running on all cylinders.
2. By extension, to function or operate at the most desirable or greatest possible level of efficiency, speed, or productivity. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) The new website will be running on all cylinders once we get the comments section up and running! I only run on all cylinders after I've had my coffee.
See also: all, cylinder, on, run

firing on all cylinders

 and hitting on all cylinders 
1. Lit.
[of an internal combustion engine] having all its cylinders working and thus providing the maximum amount of power. The old car is firing on all cylinders despite its age. This thing's not hitting on all cylinders.
2. Fig. working at full strength; making every possible effort. The team is firing on all cylinders under the new coach. The factory is hitting on all cylinders to finish the orders on time.
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run on all cylinders

 
1. Lit. [for an engine] to run well and smoothly. This car is now running on all cylinders, thanks to the tune-up. You can hear if an engine is not running on all cylinders.
2. Fig. to function well or energetically. Our department seems to be running on all cylinders. Congratulations. I am back at my desk after my illnessrunning on all cylinders.
See also: all, cylinder, on, run

fire on all cylinders

Also, hit or click on all cylinders . Function very well, as in Once we figured out how to use the new software, the department was firing on all cylinders , or "So the best infielder takes time to fit into the infield of a Big League club and have it hit on all four cylinders again" (Christy Mathewson, Pitching in a Pinch, 1912). This term transfers the functioning of an internal combustion engine, which works best when all its cylinders ignite, to broader use. [Early 1900s]
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be firing on all cylinders

COMMON If someone is firing on all cylinders, they are doing a task with great enthusiasm and energy. I saw her a few weeks ago and she was firing on all cylinders. When Wales are firing on all cylinders, they can beat any country in the world. Note: If someone is not doing a task as well as they should be, you can say that they are not firing on all cylinders or are only firing on two cylinders. We were only firing on two cylinders in the first half of the game. Note: This expression refers to the cylinders in an engine. There are usually four of them.
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firing on all (four) cylinders

working or functioning at a peak level.
This expression is a metaphor from an internal-combustion engine: a cylinder is said to be firing when the fuel inside it is ignited.
1998 Entertainment Weekly Even when his imagination isn't firing on all cylinders, Amis is still worth picking up, if only to enjoy the jazzy rhythm of his prose.
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firing/working on all ˈcylinders

(informal) using all your energy to do something; working as well as possible: The 24-year-old player feels that he is not yet firing on all cylinders.
See also: all, cylinder, firing, on, working

run on all cylinders

1. in. to run well and smoothly. My plan is now running on all cylinders.
2. in. to operate sensibly and intelligently. Pay attention to what you are doing. Start running on all cylinders.
See also: all, cylinder, on, run
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Continental's Davidson told us to expect an approximate premium of $175 per cylinder, above the retail price of a non-coated Continental, Titan or PMA cylinders.
The new large diameter cylinder is also certified according to the American National Standards Institute/Canadian Standards Association NGV2 standard.
The speed limit of the vehicles transporting LPG cylinders has also been limited to 80km/h, while the vehicle transporting the LPG should be clearly marked with a specific paint.
After reading Section 8, paragraph 8-3, I realized DLA Disposition Services will process the cylinders but simply will not "assume physical custody" of them.
It is important for every player serving in industry to be aware of the driver, challenges and emerging trends in the oxygen cylinders market.
This is how it works: The blanket temperature is slightly warmer on the bottom third of the cylinder thus creating convection currents inside that ensure vaporization and mixing of the gas components.
The reports also exposed the unauthorised use of LPG cylinders in the city.
Paul Teachout, Harper's Technical/OEM account manager, believes the Cylinder Wrack provides the convenience, quality and efficiency that Harper Corporation's customers have come to expect.
The cylinders are manufactured by the Norwegian company Ragasco, and distributed in the Kingdom solely by the Alkhobar based Leyan Al-Sharq Trading Co.
This should cut down on cylinder replacement and save money.
Created wakes through cylinders usually come from interaction consequences of the number of simple wakes [2].
HOMEOWNERS have been urged to install gas cylinders on their rooftops in a bid to prevent them from being stolen by saboteurs.
Majority of the consumers in Dubai do not care about these best safety practices which should actually be followed for ensuring proper safety of LPG cylinders, according to officials from Emirates Gas (Emgas).
New Delhi: Oil firms cut the prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for both subsidised and non-subsidised cylinders.