Definition of (at) full tilt in US English:

(at) full tilt

phrase

  • With maximum energy or force; at top speed.

    • ‘Ireland are at their best when they are playing at full tilt, when the adrenalin is flooding their veins and the prize is substantial.’
    • ‘Yes, yours truly decided to run full tilt into the corner of the shelf.’
    • ‘Yet Faulkner knows this may be his one chance to make an impression, and he has no intention of approaching this weekend's race at anything other than full tilt.’
    • ‘And although St Joseph's may not have been at full tilt throughout the game, their speedy forwards and hunger driven runs caused Whitecross problems along the back lines.’
    • ‘‘They ran full tilt the second he hit the shot,’ said Watson.’
    • ‘‘It was at full tilt and was almost at take-off speed,’ said Chris Formby, chief fire officer at the airport.’
    • ‘And that's before his company was even going full tilt.’
    • ‘So how fast could his homemade car go at full tilt?’
    • ‘When you're multitasking at full tilt, balance is one of the first things to suffer.’
    • ‘And it was a magnificent, entertaining and exciting game of football played at full tilt by both sides.’
    full speed, at full speed, full pelt, at full pelt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, helter-skelter, headlong, hotfoot, post-haste, hurriedly, hastily, wildly, pell-mell, impetuously, recklessly, rashly, at breakneck speed, precipitately, impulsively
    with great force, full force, with full force, full blast, with a will, for all one is worth, with might and main, with all the stops out, all out, with a vengeance, vigorously, energetically, strongly, powerfully, madly
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