"balls to the wall"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 13 16:30:11 UTC 2006

Isn't this rather "balls"= "heck with"?


At 2/13/2006 11:00 AM, Joanne M. Despres wrote:
>Here's a variant (in form and meaning) from Henry Roth's _A Diving
>Rock on the Hudson_ (St. Martin's Press, 1995):
>But that sonofabitch of a house painter . . . . Nobody home, and
>the plump pullet waggling her tail around.  Down with his overalls,
>let the walls wait.  Balls for the walls, and pop goes the cherry-o
>over his overalls. . . .

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