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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.
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(at) full pelt

As fast as possible. I drove at full pelt, and I still got there late. Do you think she has a chance to win the race, if she runs at full pelt? They are planning this wedding at full pelt. I hope they don't forget any major details.
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in (one's) pelt

old-fashioned, literary Nude; without any clothes on. Primarily heard in Ireland. He averted his eyes and shuffled his feet awkwardly when the mistress of the house emerged from the bathtub in her pelt and asked him for a towel. The old cottage had never been fitted with electricity or running water, so we used to bathe in the rain or the nearby stream in our pelts.
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pelt down

To come down from the sky very forcefully and in great amounts. The rain has been pelting down for almost a week straight! I'm surprised our car wasn't damaged from the way that hail was pelting down.
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pelt (someone or something) with (something)

To throw a lot of something at someone or something very forcefully. The group of boys pelted John with snowballs. The protestors began pelting the courthouse with rotten fruit and vegetables.
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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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pelt down (on someone or something)

[for something] to fall down on someone or something hard or in quantity. (Typically rain, hail, sleet, stones, etc.) The rain pelted down on the children as they ran to their school bus. The ashes from the volcanic eruption pelted down on the town, covering the houses in a gray shroud.
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pelt someone or something with something

to hit or strike someone or something with something. The citizens pelted Max with rocks. The boys pelted the mad dog with a hail of stones.
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at full pelt

with great speed; as fast as possible.
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in your pelt

naked. Irish informal
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(at) full ˈpelt/ˈspeed/ˈtilt

with great speed, force, etc: The police were chasing him so he ran full pelt down the road.We drove down the road at full tilt.
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And in February last year firefighters from Wallsend were pelted with bricks and bottles by teenagers who lured them to the Bowness Avenue area of town by lighting rubbish fires.
Two hours later, firefighters returned to tackle another deliberate fire and were pelted with stones and bottles
Just ten minutes later a 19-year-old woman had her car pelted by stones in Greaves House Terrace at Lepton.
They not only raised hue and cry but also pelted stones on the militants.
According to reports, unidentified persons pelted with stones at Talpur's convoy when she was on her way to Kotli from Mirpur.
New Delhi: Around 200 workers pelted stones at a factory in Sector 5 breaking windows and damaged vehicles on the second day of the 48-hour nationwide strike, even as authorities imposed prohibitory order in the district.
Later they pelted the machine with stones, fortunately no-one was hurt but the machine was damaged.
In Romsey Avenue, Weddington, one homeowner chased a group of teenage boys after they pelted her home with eggs.
However, in another incident of stone pelting at Alochi Bagh in Srinagar where an unruly mob pelted stones, the police had to resort to baton charging and firing tear gas shells to quell the crowd.
LAHORE -- Protesting students pelted stones upon police injuring ten cops including an SHO in Lahore.
A huge mob pelted stones at these places till 11 p.
At Sheikhpora area of Budgam district, some miscreants pelted stones upon the police party in which constable Abdul Qayoom sustained head injuries and Constable Gulzar Ahmad sustained injuries on his forehead.
The incident occurred when a big mob of miscreants pelted stones on security forces who were on patrolling duty at Seloo Sopore.
However, when a police party reached the spot some miscreants assembled there pelted stones on the police team," an official release stated.
The locals pelted stones, burnt effigies and damaged various vehicles including police jeeps in retaliation.