One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tilted and nearly falling.
at a slant, on the slant, at an angle, not straight, slanting, slanted, slantwise, slant, oblique, leaning, inclining, inclined, angled, cambered, cantedView synonyms
- ‘When I ask to visit, I'm told to look for the yellow Santa Fe Railway boxcar, which is set atilt on uneven ground and easily seen from the road.’
- ‘Before I knew it, he was right in front of me, head atilt again, and preening for me.’
- ‘The helicopter shuddered and roared and we were off at a mind-numbing forty-five degree angle, nose down, the earth hanging all atilt before us, our hearts in our throats and our stomachs still on the ground.’
Mid 16th century: from a- + tilt.
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