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ball the jack To travel at full speed; to go or act quickly; to stake everything on one attempt. In railroad terminology ball is a truncated form of highball, a railroad signal for a jack, or locomotive, to accelerate to full speed. The word derives from the signal itself—a raised pole with a metal ball attached to it. Ball the jack is a slang phrase now used to apply to swift action of any type. Perhaps the secondary meaning of staking everything on one attempt is related to the opening of the engine’s throttle to reach maximum speed. Both are all-out, all-or-nothing, no-holds-barred efforts. “Ballin’ the jack” is also the name of a dance and the title of a song by Chris Smith and Jim Burris, both of which were popular in the early 1900s.
burn up the road To drive or move extremely fast; to go at full speed; also to burn the breeze (primarily Southwestern use) or earth or wind. To burn the earth or wind dates from the late 1800s, while to burn the road and to burn the breeze did not appear until the 1930s. A similar popular American slang expression is to burn rubber, an allusion to the screeching of automobile tires and the streaks of burned rubber left on the road due to rapid acceleration.
go two-forty To move at a rapid clip; to run, race, or tear; to bustle, hurry, or rush. In horse racing, the former trotting record for a mile was two minutes and forty seconds. Early use incorporated this time record in phrases such as at a pace or rate of two-forty, but by the turn of the century two-forty had taken on its current adverbial function.
He’s going it two-forty a minute. (Mary Waller, The Wood-Carver of ’Lympus, 1904)
hotfoot To go with great speed, to hurry, to run; also to hotfoot it. Although the exact origin of this chiefly U.S. expression is unknown, it may refer to the heat generated by running fast. Hotfoot is also the name of a practical joke which consists of inserting a match between the sole and the upper of someone’s shoe, and then lighting the match. However, this use of the term dates from only the 1930s, while the other was in use as early as 1896.
When O’Dowd did hear … he would hot-foot out to Quilty and make the sale. (John O’Hara, Appointment in Samarra, 1934)
let her rip See UNRESTRAINT.
|Noun||1.||speeding - changing location rapidly |
movement, move, motion - the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
deceleration - the act of decelerating; decreasing the speed; "he initiated deceleration by braking"
He was fined for speeding → Il a reçu une contravention pour excès de vitesse.
What's the speed limit in built-up areas? → Quelle est la vitesse réglementaire en zone habitée?
The speed limit is 70 mph → La vitesse est limitée à cent dix kilomètres à l'heure.
to break the speed limit → faire un excès de vitesse
to exceed the speed limit → dépasser la vitesse autorisée
A motorist was caught exceeding the speed limit → Un automobiliste a été pris en excès de vitesse.
to observe the speed limit, to stick to the speed limit → respecter la limitation de vitesse