put the pedal to the metal
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Mid-1970s, originated in car racing.
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- (idiomatic) To press the gas pedal to the maximum extent.
- (by extension) To exert maximum effort.
- Synonym: go all out
- 2007, Donna Carter, 10 Smart Things Women Can Do to Build a Better Life, Harvest House Publishers (→ISBN), page 22:
- There are times for all of us when we have to put the pedal to the metal. Businesspeople and students have deadlines. Parents have periods of time when they don't get breaks because their partners are unavailable or they have no partners.