Put the pedal to the metal

Idiom

Put the pedal to the metal

Definition

To go as fast as possible

Examples

I put the pedal to the metal and made it to the airport in record time!

If you want to get to your destination quickly, you’d better put the pedal to the metal.

We need to put the pedal to the metal if we’re going to finish this project on time.

Origin

United States, late 20th century

FAQs

Question 1

What does ‘put the pedal to the metal’ mean?

Answer 1

It means to go as fast as possible.

Question 2

Where did this expression come from?

Answer 2

It is thought to have originated in the United States in the late 20th century.

Question 3

Is it always used literally?

Answer 3

No, it is often used figuratively to mean to work quickly and efficiently.