Please do not modify this conversation, but feel free to discuss its conclusions. Alternatively, the phrase may come from the days of stationary steam engines. But the expression, I think, is used to indicate not just speed, but also force; so that in some cases it means "as forceful as possible". The preceding was removed from the entry.
The governor on these engines consisted of two iron balls mounted on a rotating pivot that was geared to the engine. Alternatively, the phrase may come from the days of stationary steam engines. Jump to navigation Jump to search To define "balls to the wall" as "to carry out an action as fast as possbile" suggests that the expression is used as a verb. The etymology just looks like folk etymology. Usage examples could cover the range of possibilities. As the engine's speed increased, centrifugal force caused the balls to move outward on the pivots causing the valve to close and slow the motor down. At any rate, the definition needs fixing. Please note that none of the headings "Adverbial", "Adverbial phrase" or even "Adverbial idiom" are valid Wiktionary headings. Please do not modify this conversation, but feel free to discuss its conclusions. Maybe the person who so defined it meant to define "balls to the wall" simply as equivalent to "as fast as possible", so that it is an adverbial phrase. Requests for cleanup permalink. While using more complicated headings may convey the contributor's intelligence and sometimes indeed, be more technically accurate the detrimental effect of alienating readers some who are only learning English is a strong reason to avoid such headings. Another potential etymology is derived from the sexual practice called a 'glory hole', found in both homosexual and heterosexual practice, and featured in military subcultures among others. The preceding was removed from the entry. Sports could generate more with a similar level of plausibility. I say we just delete it and cut out the middle man. They are not particularly useful to an English reader, perhaps not to anyone except professional linguists. The throttle levers accelerators in the aircraft had round tops that looked like balls. This discussion is no longer live and is left here as an archive. I'm not enamored of the "ellipsis" deus ex machina, but it might be useful. Maybe the following link is helpful: It now means to carry out an action as quickly as possible. This pivot was connected to the steam valve that acted as the throttle. The expressions back to the wall and go to the wall , together with this, make it seem that the core is just to the wall , but that seems nearly SoP. What we don't need are two largely redundant PoS sections to allow for all the possibilities. But the expression, I think, is used to indicate not just speed, but also force; so that in some cases it means "as forceful as possible". The prosody of this expression and the existence of the folk etymologies suggest more idiomaticity for this than its relatives.
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