verb (used with object)
Origin of hilt
Examples from the Web for hilt
The premise of the sketch was that sex was too spontaneous to be regulated, and the quiz show played that idea to the hilt.
He played affirmative action to the hilt and took full advantage of it.Herman Cain Used the Affirmative Action He Decries to Advance.|Wayne Barrett, Andy Ross|December 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
"He had enthusiasm to the hilt," said his niece, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
So the king took the sword by the hilt, and pulled eagerly at it, but it came not forth.Stories of the Days of King Arthur|Charles Henry Hanson
Hamoud stood at the bedside, his hand on the hilt of his dagger.Sacrifice|Stephen French Whitman
Seeing this St. George put his hand to the hilt, thinking to essay pulling it out by strength; but lo!English Fairy Tales|Flora Annie Steel
He had driven in the knife to the hilt and twisted it round and round.Tutt and Mr. Tutt|Arthur Train
"Poor" are the debt-ridden cottager, the landlord whose property is mortgaged up to the hilt, the incompetent salter or pickler.The Forest Farm|Peter Rosegger
British Dictionary definitions for hilt
Word Origin for hilt
Word Origin and History for hilt
Old English hilt "hilt, handle of a sword or dagger," from Proto-Germanic *helt (cf. Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza "hilt," Old Saxon helta "oar handle"), perhaps from PIE *kel- "to strike." Formerly also used in plural in same sense as singular.
Idioms and Phrases with hilt
see to the hilt.