at top speed

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at top speed

As fast as something or someone can go. Once Tom caught the ball, he took off at top speed toward the end zone. I started feeling nauseous on the way home because Kelly was driving at top speed on a windy highway.
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Hastening to his damaged machine we were bending every effort to finish the needed repairs and had almost completed them when we saw the two green monsters returning at top speed from opposite sides of us.
Here, in this atmosphere of bohemianism, I could not but contrast the scene with my scene of the day before, sitting at my machine, in the stifling, shut-in air, repeating, endlessly repeating, at top speed, my series of mechanical motions.
A wild whoop proclaimed the fact, and upright we tore at top speed through the last ten yards of grass, while the black rushed down one of the side paths, gaining audibly on us over the better ground.
It was exhausting work, carried on, hour after hour, at top speed.
He bent down from his saddle, and then, striking spurs into his horse's sides, he galloped at top speed after his men, with his three squires at his heels.
When they saw me dashing out of the forest at top speed they concluded that I was being pursued by some hunting animal.
At my suggestion Perry stopped the generator, and as we came to rest I again threw all my strength into a supreme effort to move the thing even a hair's breadth--but the results were as barren as when we had been traveling at top speed.
Casting off the tie rope and seizing the paddle, Paulvitch bent feverishly to the task of driving the skiff downward toward the Ugambi at top speed.
Order the transports, surrounded by their convoys, to follow closely in the wake of the battleships until the point of the V has entered the enemies' line, then the V must open outward at the apex, the battleships of each leg engage the enemy fiercely and drive him back to form a lane through his line into which the transports with their convoys must race at top speed that they may gain a position above the temples and gardens of the therns.
Then she was free and away, heading the horse at top speed for the house.
Dashing at top speed around a tepee, he ran full tilt into Kiche lying at the end of her stick.
The instant that he disappeared, Tarzan dropped lightly to the ground upon the far side of the tree and was away at top speed for the cliff.
Dismissing the driver she took the reins in her own hands and drove off at top speed through the streets.
To step to one side of the bush and throw directly from the ground, which is the style I am best in, would take but an instant, and in that instant the stallion would doubtless be under way at top speed in the opposite direction.
If there's any current or wind working against us (which is more often than we'd care to admit), we'll run at top speed in both directions and take the average of the two speeds.