- A maximum setting on an engine or motor control.
1943, Johnston Carroll, “Wings of the North”, in Leo Margulies, editor, Flying Wildcats, page 127:
- there was no further sign of any Nazi planes, Perry banked southward and went roaring home to Base on full throttles
1975, John Innes Clarke, An Advanced Geography of Africa, page 43:
- its regs and serirs over which Land Rovers can race with full throttles and little chance of meeting any obstacle larger than a fist-sized stone.
2003, Bob Bondurant; John Blakemore, Bob Bondurant on High Performance Driving, page 85:
- Under full throttle, your car is just on the border of maximum traction
- A maximum level of speed, effort, or risk.
1999, David M. Jacobs, The Threat: Revealing the Secret Alien Agenda, page 228:
- I'm in the full throttles of an embrace and this is wonderful.
2003, Jennifer Hendricks; Gordon Hendricks, Slim to None: A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment, page 176:
- In the third week Dr. Gale shifted into full throttle back pedal.
2008, Otis L Graham, Jr., Immigration Reform and America's Unchosen Future, page 193:
- The full-throttle growth was still in place, as it had been as long as I could remember.
a maximum setting on an engine or motor control
- All out; at maximum speed, effort, or risk.
1988, Murray A. Pura; Loren Wilkinson, Mizzly Fitch: The Light, the Sea, the Storm, page 14:
- The other, the Christina Covey, there was another that never knowed the harbour, why, she come in full throttle
1996, Steven Jonas, The Essential Triathlete:
- Virtually all exercise authorities recommend some kind of warm-up period in each session before you go full throttle
2006, Dorothea Benton Frank, Full of Grace, page 212:
- If Nonna had seen them, she would do the same as Dad, but I looked back to see her focused full throttle on whatever it was George was saying.