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

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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 While City was able to rotate its lineup in the last weeks of the Premier League with the title wrapped up early, Chelsea was at full tilt through the end of the season to secure a top-four finish. Steve Douglas, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 When time is of the essence, the vessel can soar to 24 knots at full tilt. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 May 2021 After all, standing in the spacious lobby of the Civic Opera House is no different from visiting any of the bars or restaurants in the city, most of which are rocking and rolling now, and surely all of which will be going full tilt by the fall. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 25 May 2021 According to Pagani, the four-wheeler can rocket from zero to 60 in just 2.7 seconds and hit 215 mph at full tilt. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 May 2021 But the current shortage highlights that chipmakers are already running at full tilt. Stephen Mcbride, Forbes, 12 May 2021 At full tilt, meanwhile, the P1 can reach a blistering 217 mph. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 30 Apr. 2021 When not running at full tilt, the vessel can cruise at a more leisurely 10 knots and can cover some 3,500 nautical miles. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2021 Vaccination is a public-health imperative, and going full tilt to promote uptake supports the common good. Hilda Bastian, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2021

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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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Last Updated

3 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Full tilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20tilt. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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