full tilt

adverb
variants: or at full tilt

Definition of full tilt

: at high speed running full tilt So here they come, full tilt. We could hear them because they wore boots and yelled, …— Mark Twain Just at that moment, a hare appeared over the hill running at full tilt, and I was cursing my numb fingers as I tried to follow it with my camera.— Erin Espelie

Examples of full tilt in a Sentence

during the war the nation's factories were going full tilt the fleeing robber ran full tilt down the hill
Recent Examples on the Web Nestled on the western bank of the Mississippi River, just down the road from the Square Deal Casino and the Cajun Daiquiri bar, this CF Industries fertilizer complex has been operating at full tilt for months. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 The 18-footer, which can hit 25 knots at full tilt, sports an underwater propeller that spins at speed and drives a turbine to produce electricity. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 July 2022 Austin, Texas; Berlin, Germany; and Shanghai, China, totaling up to 150 GWh at full tilt. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, 8 July 2022 The sleek, all-aluminum sloop is powered by a Caterpillar engine and can reach more than 14 knots at full tilt. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 July 2022 The feeling of inadequacy is being dealt with not an admission of fault, but to go full tilt in the opposite direction to overcompensate for past mistakes. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 2 July 2022 From J’ouvert in Brooklyn to Caribana in Toronto and Notting Hill in London, Carnival has come to be a full tilt joy fest of renewal, resistance and remembering for Caribbean immigrants. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 The vessel is expected to reach around 13 knots at full tilt and can cover up to 3,500 nautical miles when traveling at a cruising speed of 10 knots, according to Perini Navi. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 June 2022 To make that happen, Amazon hires hundreds of thousands of additional workers, both full-time employees and contractors, and runs its operations at full tilt. New York Times, 12 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of full tilt

1679, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for full tilt

tilt entry 2

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The first known use of full tilt was in 1679

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full tilt

full-time

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Last Updated

21 Jul 2022

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“Full tilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20tilt. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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