I have a difficult problem with understanding the following is sentence:

"I mean, I wasn't just gunning the thing. I was driving."

Especially this phrase "gunning the thing" I misunderstand. I cannot find anywhere the good explanation. I will really appreciate your help.

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To gun means to make an engine operate at a higher speed: You must have been really gunning the engine to get here on time.

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It may mean: I was not making my car engine to run faster. I was driving. Or I was not speed driving.

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    From "just gunning the engine", I'd take it the writer meant, "I wasn't sitting motionless in the drivewary (or parking lot or whatever) making the engine run fast, I actually put the vehicle in motion".
    – Jay
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 16:29
  • +1 Jay, emphasis on just in "just gunning". That is, "merely".
    – TimR
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 18:53

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