fire on all cylinders

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fire on all cylinders (third-person singular simple present fires on all cylinders, present participle firing on all cylinders, simple past and past participle fired on all cylinders)

  1. (idiomatic) To operate as effectively as possible.
    • 2011 January 22, Ian Hughes, “Arsenal 3 - 0 Wigan”, in BBC[1]:
      The performance was a sign of real intent for Arsenal as they continue their pursuit for silverware on four fronts - and with Van Persie firing on all cylinders, the odds look good on them winning a first trophy since 2005.

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