Straight from the hoe they came, without even the thrift of the farmer who owns the land he tills.
They could not believe that tills appeal was intended for them, till he beckoned to them.
A royal degree of 1619 disposed that “every one who sows and tills twenty-five fanegas of land each year, may use a coach.”
How many hours of the day and night are we to pass in tills place?
Now there was no such evidence in favor of tolerating the cutting of throats and the robbing of tills.
The farmer, who tills the soil, is the one worker we could not possibly do without.
He who tills the soil exposes his valuable stores to the malice or enmity of the whole world.
He tills the ground, he sows the seed—and there he leaves it to God.
Well for him That tills his field in peace, and undisturb'd Sits by his own fireside!
With the assistance of his three sons, he now tills quite a large farm.
"until," Old English til (Northumbrian), from Old Norse til "to, until," from Proto-Germanic *tilan (cf. Danish til, Old Frisian til "to, till," Gothic tils "convenient," German Ziel "limit, end, goal"). A common preposition in Scandinavian, probably originally the accusative case of a noun now lost except for Icelandic tili "scope," the noun used to express aim, direction, purpose (e.g. aldrtili "death," literally "end of life"). Also cf. German Ziel "end, limit, point aimed at, goal," and compare till (v.).
"cultivate (land)" (early 13c.), "plow" (late 14c.), from Old English tilian "tend, work at, get by labor," originally "strive after," related to till "fixed point, goal," and til "good, suitable," from Proto-Germanic *tilojanan (cf. Old Frisian tilia "to get, cultivate," Old Saxon tilian "to obtain," Middle Dutch, Dutch telen "to breed, raise, cultivate, cause," Old High German zilon "to strive," German zielen "to aim, strive"), from source of till (prep.). Related: Tilled; tilling.
"cashbox," mid-15c., from Anglo-French tylle "compartment," Old French tille "compartment, shelter on a ship," probably from Old Norse þilja "plank, floorboard," from Proto-Germanic *theljon. The other theory is that the word is from Middle English tillen "to draw," from Old English -tyllan (see toll (v.)), with a sense evolution as in drawer (see draw).