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balls to the wall

July 13, 2013, 9:22 p.m.
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A guy told me today that he and his company were going "balls to the wall" right now.

WTF does that even mean and how is it a good thing?

Discuss.

…and add yer own fun sayings here.

July 13, 2013, 9:44 p.m.
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Really? Aviation term.

July 13, 2013, 10:02 p.m.
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Hell for leather

I'm a gearbox-bike nut.

July 13, 2013, 11:08 p.m.
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loved that song growing up


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3TlrZLpQ0

July 14, 2013, 5:05 a.m.
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balls to the wall = balls deep in the glory hole hole?

www.natooke.com

July 14, 2013, 7:08 a.m.
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Pilot term. Ball of the throttle control is against front of cockpit thus ball to the wall. Now Wtf does cockpit mean?

July 14, 2013, 7:20 a.m.
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I'm gonna guess it comes from the nautical world. The coxswain(or cockswain)would pilot a boat from the cockpit.

July 14, 2013, 7:53 a.m.
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it means they are busy as fuck and doing well.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

Dwight D. Eisenhower "The Chance for Peace" 1953

July 14, 2013, 8:41 a.m.
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it means they are busy as fuck and doing well.

:alien:

holy chit! blast from the past!

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity ~ Seneca

July 14, 2013, 8:58 a.m.
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it means they are busy as fuck and doing well.

where u been hiding?

July 14, 2013, 9 a.m.
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Hell for leather

Should be "he'll bent for leather".

July 14, 2013, 10:08 a.m.
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Nope. Hell for leather and hell bent for leather are both sayings.

July 14, 2013, 1:26 p.m.
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where u been hiding?

had to take a few years off riding because of successive injuries, so i was like fuck biking. then doc made crosscountry riding part of my PT, but i cant have one without the other. so here i am.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

Dwight D. Eisenhower "The Chance for Peace" 1953

July 14, 2013, 8:20 p.m.
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Nope. Hell for leather and hell bent for leather are both sayings.

The first must be an abbreviation of the second, since it is meaningless otherwise. They both mean "balls to the wall"!

July 14, 2013, 10 p.m.
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Pilot term. Ball of the throttle control is against front of cockpit thus ball to the wall. Now Wtf does cockpit mean?

Cars - drive it to the nuts. Gas pedal would go down as far as an adjustable nut on the floorboard.

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.
- Josiah Stamp

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- H.G. Wells

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