put the hammer down

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put the hammer down

To press down the accelerator (of an automobile) as far as possible; to accelerate to or travel at an automobile's maximum speed. Primarily heard in US. It would normally take us three days driving to New York from Colorado, but with my brother putting the hammer down the whole way, we made it in two.
See also: down, hammer, put
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I was still deciding on doing it or not, then at first I actually turned away to walk off and put the hammer down, but he's seen me turning round, as I walked away, he turned round and touched my a***.
He invited him in and he (the partner) came in with a hammer and put the hammer down on the table.
Daquigan wasted no time taking the lead early on in Race 1 as he put the hammer down and kept his focus on every lap despite the scorching Malaysian heat, en route to a sizeable margin of over five laps to top Class A.
Jackson then put the hammer down and pulled out a good lead which he held until his tyres started to go off and he then became embroiled in a great scrap but held on to take a muchneeded win for the team.
Starting the second lap, I just put the hammer down because I know how much of a strong runner Sam is so I just went for it and gain as much gap as I could get,' he said.
When welders and machinists are in high demand, those industries have put the hammer down to attract new recruits to those fields.
When the Trek-Segafredo team had put the hammer down with 75km left, the peloton split into five groups, but was all back together 30km out.
Some of the boys are a bit frustrated they are not getting their opportunity with the top team, and that is the perfect ingredient to go out there and put the hammer down against a good side.
But the in-form Scottish side, who have now won their last seven successive matches, put the hammer down thereafter with no fewer than seven 5-1s and a 4-2 in the next eight races.
The gap wasn't too wide, though, until the last 400m when I really put the hammer down.
The Dons have put the hammer down in pursuit of second spot and Saturday's 6-1 dismantling of Orient made it 19 points out of 21 and 21 goals in those seven matches.
Just one second separated Bogie and Gallacher in Yair as the latter put the hammer down.
Our families and friends really put the hammer down the last hours
I killed my P&Y whitetail, and I eventually managed to put the hammer down on some B&C bucks as well.