Put the pedal to the metal

This page is about the saying "Put the pedal to the metal"

American English

Possible meaning:
Go as fast as possible.

Origin: This saying originates from the idea of pressing a car's accelerator pedal down hard to the (metal) floor, thus making the car go at maximum speed.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If you "put the pedal to the metal" you will

a. seize up

b. slow down

c. speed up
a) seize up b) slow down c) speed up

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Contributor: Josef Essberger