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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.
See also: full, pelt, speed, tilt
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More records can be noted in the books of the swakara industry, with the highest average price in Namibian Dollar ever paid for swakara pelts and the highest price in Namibian Dollar ever for a lot of white pelts at the April pelt auction in Copenhagen.
The top Namibian producer (with more than 250 pelts) at this auction was Lovedale Farming CC of Keetmanshoop, who sold 316 pelts at an average of N$ 934.89.
White swakara achieved the highest price ever of N$2 348.55 for a lot of 56 KF Selected white pelts, bought by Ms Ribak for her Russian client company Guligaz of Moscow.
There's much talk of female versus male pelts and market differences for them.
Sending Namibia's swakara production to the international auction in Kopenhagen twice a year is the responsibility of Agra Provision which manages the specialised pelt centre in Windhoek solely for this purpose.
Pelt prices shot up from $41 on average in 2008 to a record $94 in 2011.
The shrinkage temperature of the pelts was measured with a special instrument [8].
Some Tibetans wear the pelts of endangered species, which come mainly from South Asia, as status symbols, and about half the population does not know the pelt trade is illegal, environmental conservation groups have found.
More than half of Chinese Tibetans know the sale of pelts is illegal but many do not know why, Tsering said.
Since then, the co-operative has seen a significant increase in the value of sales and the quality of pelts, which rose about 20 percent in the 2003-2004 season.
1981 Quartz--various sources, Harold and Erica Van Pelt 1982 No poster 1983 No TGMS poster; Dealer poster--Cerussite 1984 Tourmaline--Candelabra Blue-Cap Elbaite, California Smithsonian, Chip Clark 1985 Dioptase on Calcite--Tsumeb, Namibia Smithsonian, Chip Clark 1986 Rhodochrosite--Wessels mine, South Africa Norm and Roz Pellman, Harold & Erica Van Pelt 1987 Quartz--Rock Currier, Harold & Erica Van Pelt 1988 Beryl, Var.
In our investigation, we showed how a fur coat had been found to be made from the pelts of 42 Alsatian dogs.
Hunters looking to collect the pelts almost invariably choose high-speed .22s for their flat trajectory and resistance to wind drift.
Each year thousands of Tibetan antelopes are shot by poachers, some of whom exchange their valuable pelts for tiger parts coming from India.
Karakul pelts, once the most prized sector of Namibia's agricultural industry, are now in crisis.