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    at full pelt

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help to me to interpret the phrase in bold in the following sentences?

    ‘Wake up! Live dog! I said to Mars; as I knelt down he sprang from my shoulder, and together we set off down the road at full pelt. Behind us diminishing now in the distance, there arouse an immense roar of laughter.

    at full pelt = in full progress, at full blast, flat out, in full swing

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V

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    Re: at full pelt

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help to me to interpret the phrase in bold in the following sentences?

    ‘Wake up! Live dog!" I said to Mars; as I knelt down he sprang from my shoulder, and together we set off down the road at full pelt. Behind us diminishing now in the distance, there arose an immense roar of laughter.

    at full pelt = in full progress, at full blast, flat out, in full swing

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V
    Basically, at high speed. "At full blast" is usually used to refer to volume (very loud). We don't really say "in full progress", either. "In full swing" doesn't really refer to speed. A common expression is "The party was in full swing" - it just means it was going well, with lots of people enjoying themselves.

    "Flat out" could be used though.

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