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    #1

    going eyes out/ tearing at a mad pace/ ride at full speed

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    My horse turning too quickly while I was going eyes out, fell and rolled over.

    go eyes out = rush along, ride at full speed, tear at a mad pace

    May I paraphrase the sentence above by following manner?

    My horse turning too quickly while I was tearing at a mad pace, fell and rolled over.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: going eyes out/ tearing at a mad pace/ ride at full speed

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    My horse turning too quickly while I was going eyes out, fell and rolled over.

    go eyes out = rush along, ride at full speed, tear at a mad pace

    May I paraphrase the sentence above by following manner?

    My horse turning too quickly while I was tearing at a mad pace, fell and rolled over.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

    The phrase you mean is tearing along at a mad pace, not just tearing at.
    Going eyes out is archaic and not used nowadays in Br Eng at least.

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    Re: going eyes out/ tearing at a mad pace/ ride at full speed

    or maybe the best in my humble opinion "tearing downhills at a mad pace"

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    Re: going eyes out/ tearing at a mad pace/ ride at full speed

    downhill, not downhills

    There is nothing in the original sentence you gave to suggest he was going downhill, but there is nothing grammatically wrong with "tearing downhill (at a mad pace)". Any adverb of direction would work, pretty much.

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