put the pedal to the metal

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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

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

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

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

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

  1. : of or relating to the foot

  2. : of, relating to, or involving a pedal

  1. : to ride a bicycle

  2. : to use or work a pedal

  3. : to work the pedals of

metal play
  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

  2. : mettle

  3. : the substance out of which a person or thing is made

  1. : to cover or furnish with metal


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