Balls against the Wall (Origin)

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Balls against the Wall"?

To operate balls against the wall means to operate at full capacity.

In many aircraft, the throttle and other levers have ball-shaped grips. When a pilot is operating balls against the wall, his control levers are all pressed up against the cockpit dials. With all levers pushed as far forward as possible, the aircraft is operating at full capacity.
Balls against the Wall (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • Jack was balls against the wall for the whole course, pushing himself to achieve his personal best.
  • They worked balls against the wall to complete the project ahead of schedule.
  • Sarah was balls against the wall throughout the race, striving to cross the finish line first.
  • He approached each task balls against the wall, determined to deliver exceptional results.
  • They tackled the challenge balls against the wall, leaving no stone unturned to find the best solution.

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This page was written by Craig Shrives.