balls to the wall


US, informal + sometimes offensive
: with maximum effort or power : all out
It's either get there when you get there or go balls to the wall. There's no in between.Joe McKinney, Dead City, 2006
balls-to-the-wall adjective
a balls-to-the-wall effort

Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balls to the wall was in 1975

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“Balls to the wall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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