Old Expressions Explained

Old Expressions Explained

This came through my email a few weeks ago. I found it fascinating as I read it through, especially the first expression. Who knew?

Early aircraft’s throttles had a ball on the end of it, in order to go full throttle the pilot had to push the throttle all the way forward into the wall of the instrument panel. Hence “balls to the wall” for going very fast. And now you know, the rest of the story.

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