put the pedal to the metal

idiom

Definition of put the pedal to the metal

US, informal
1 : to drive very fast
2 : to work very quickly We are going to have to put the pedal to the metal if we want to finish on time.

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“Put the pedal to the metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20the%20pedal%20to%20the%20metal. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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