Alek RichterBeginner Asked: November 15, 20212021-11-15T02:41:35+00:00 2021-11-15T02:41:35+00:00 Where does the phrase “balls to the wall” come from? I know the phrase means “going all out” but I can’t figure out what it literally means or where it originates from. 1 Answer Alek Richter Beginner 2021-11-15T02:41:59+00:00Added an answer on November 15, 2021 at 2:41 am First attested in the 1960s in the context of aviation. Probably coined by pilots whose throttle levers had round, ball-like tops and for whom putting the “balls to the wall” (the firewall of the aircraft) meant making the aircraft fly as quickly as possible. 0 Reply Leave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.