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1‘his hat tilted forward a little’
lean, tip, list, slope, camber, bank, slant, incline, pitch, dip, cant, bevel, angle, cock, heel, careen, bend, be at an angle
level, right, be level, come level, be upright, come upright
2‘he tilts at his prey’
charge, rush, run
lunge, prod, poke, jab, thrust
3‘like a knight tilting at a wayside tournament’
joust, tourney, enter the lists
contend, spar, fight, clash
1‘Mum's cup was on a tilt’
slope, list, camber, gradient, bank, slant, incline, pitch, dip, cant, bevel, angle, heel
North American grade, downgrade, upgrade
2‘a tilt of the head’
nod, dip, tip, inclination, cock, bob
3‘knights would take part in a tilt’
joust, tournament, tourney, lists, combat, contest, fight, duel
4‘a tilt at the European Cup’
attempt on, bid for
informal go, crack, shot
1‘they charged full tilt down the side of the dell’
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
p.d.q., p.d.q. pretty damn quick, double quick, at a lick, hell for leather, pronto, at the double, a mile a minute, like the wind, like a bomb, like a bat out of hell, like a scalded cat, like the deuce, like nobody's business, like lightning, like greased lightning, like a madman, like a madwoman
like the clappers, at a rate of knots, like billy-o
2‘the marketing blitz has raged at full tilt for some time now’
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
hammer and tongs, going great guns, like crazy, like mad
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