Balls out

Posted by TheFallen on March 28, 2002

In Reply to: Balls out posted by Bob on March 27, 2002

: : Has anyne heard the term "balls out"? It is often used in business settings when a company
: : decides to change to a new software system. To go "balls out" means to install it and use it without
: : worrying about the way we've always done it.

: : Does the term come from the way the pendulum swings all the way out?

: Um. Well. Ahhh. No.

To go "balls out" means to throw caution to the winds and charge full-steam ahead. Without wanting to be too blunt as to the phrase's provenance, it's something which we males could do both figuratively *and* literally (though I can't think of any printable occasions when I'd do the latter), whereas the fairer sex is limited to doing it figuratively.