put the pedal to the metal

Definition of put the pedal to the metal

US, informal

  1. 1 :  to drive very fast

  2. 2 :  to work very quickly We are going to have to put the pedal to the metal if we want to finish on time.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (as a stock) or commodity (as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

  1. :  a lever pressed by the foot in the playing of a musical instrument (as an organ or piano)

    :  a foot lever or treadle by which a part is activated in a mechanism

  1. :  of or relating to the foot

    :  of, relating to, or involving a pedal

  1. :  to ride a bicycle

    :  to use or work a pedal

    :  to work the pedals of

  1. :  any of various opaque, fusible, ductile, and typically lustrous substances that are good conductors of electricity and heat, form cations by loss of electrons, and yield basic oxides and hydroxides

    :  one that is a chemical element as distinguished from an alloy

    :  mettle

  1. :  to cover or furnish with metal

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