\ ˈhilt How to pronounce hilt (audio) \

Definition of hilt

: a handle especially of a sword or dagger
to the hilt
1 : to the very limit : completely the farm was mortgaged to the hilt
2 : with nothing lacking played the role to the hilt

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North Korea has been sanctioned to the hilt, but Trump’s negotiations with Kim Jong Un have yet to reduce his nuclear program, which is far more sophisticated than Iran’s. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Trump Sanctions Iran’s Supreme Leader, but to What End?," 25 June 2019 His supporters will back him to the hilt, regardless: Nobody is more anxious to win the culture war than those who have already lost the moral argument. Laurie Penny, The New Republic, "Why It Matters How Powerful Men Treat Women," 24 June 2019 Loaded to the hilt with bottled soft drinks, the truck developed a motor lock on a steep grade, stalled and slipped off an embankment to stand upturned in the desert sun while soft drinks fizzled and died. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Soft drink casualties were heavy," 5 June 2019 The owners will surely realise how big an opportunity this is for the club to end their 30 year wait for a league title, and will support Klopp to the hilt during the transfer window. SI.com, "Premier League: Why the Rest of the Top 6 Won't Close the Gap to Liverpool & Man City Next Season," 8 June 2019 Robes and beards are easy enough to track down, but sword-like hilts that project concentrated beams of controlled, tactile light are still at least a few years out. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you," 25 Dec. 2018 Forsberg has been one of the stand out players for Die Roten Bullen as the club - who are backed to the hilt by energy drink company Red Bull - have climbed up the footballing ladder and pushed their way into the Bundesliga over the last nine years. SI.com, "Arsenal to Submit £50m Bid 'in the Coming Days' for Leipzig Playmaker Amid Exit Rumours," 28 May 2018 But then the attack came roaring back; throughout the night, Ball’s team would battle it to the hilt. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 The public space is programmed to the hilt, offering fun brunches, evening film screenings, and even concerts that transform the pool deck into a sweaty, 3,000-person venue. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Pools in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hilt

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hilt

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German helza hilt

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English Language Learners Definition of hilt

: the handle of a sword or dagger


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: a handle especially of a sword or dagger

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