tilt at windmills

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tilt at windmills

British
: to use time and energy to attack an enemy or problem that is not real or important

Word by Word Definitions

tilt play
  1. : to cause to have an inclination

  2. : to point or thrust in or as if in a tilt

  3. : to charge against

  1. : the act of tilting : the state or position of being tilted

  2. : a sloping surface

  3. : slant, bias

  1. : a canopy for a wagon, boat, or stall

  1. : to cover or provide with a tilt

windmill play windmills
  1. : a mill or machine operated by the wind usually acting on oblique vanes or sails that radiate from a horizontal shaft

  2. : the wind-driven wheel of a windmill

  3. : something that resembles or suggests a windmill

  1. : to cause to move like a windmill

  2. : to move like a windmill


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