to the hilt

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - to the hilt

"to the hilt"

to be fully committed to something;

to do something completely


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to the hilt

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Are you absolutely sure that this is the correct way to go with implementing this new system? It looks like there could be issues.

Colleague 2: I am completely positive. I have done extensive testing and am prepared to back this to the hilt.

Colleague 1: Even if it means losing your job?

Colleague 2: Yes. I am utterly convinced this is the correct implementation.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to the hilt

A mother and daughter are talking one morning ...

Daughter: Oh, I feel so sick. I ache from head to toe. I don't think I can go to school today.

Mother: You don't have a fever.

Daughter: But I feel so awful.

Mother: You always play it to the hilt when you think there is even a tiny little something wrong with you. If you stub your toe, you are convinced that you have broken your ankle. I am sure that you are fine. Get up and get in the shower and we will see after that.

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to the hilt - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for to the hilt.

to the hilt - Examples:

1)  ... as well as consumers leveraging themselves to the hilt for their own financial/material rewards (purchasing things we couldn't afford with money we ...

2)  Then we packed pick-up trucks to the hilt with food, clothing, cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby stuff, and blankets ...

3)  Joe plays it to the hilt. He became the star of that kind of place.

4)  The employees' work lives were scheduled to the hilt -- even their bathroom breaks were timed.

5)  Meanwhile, this week Gillard backed two independent MPs to the hilt because it's s hung parliament and she desperately needs their votes to stay in ...

6)  I have always had a love of rooms that are decorated to the hilt... lots of things on table tops, lots of pillows... busy I guess.

7)  Many feel that they have no way out -- they've borrowed to the hilt, and they're falling further and further behind. Bankruptcy looms as the only ...

8)  His uncle knew about his emotional difficulties and exploited them to the hilt and pressed every conceivable button he could in an effort to drive Guma crazy.

9)  ... now she has the audacity to write an article defending Romney to the hilt and practically daring anyone to criticize him in any fashion.

10)  ... a boorish, self-centered, disrespectful bully who lives his sense of entitlement to the hilt

11)  ... why not assume that this life is all there is and live it to the hilt. If this is correct, you will have lived a long and joyful life.

12)  ... the difference is the decent people in this country are armed to the hilt, a rough guess is approximately 350 million to 500 million guns and enough ammo ...

13)  Bardem plays his character's eccentricity to the hilt, balancing just on the precipice of clownishness without falling over the edge.

14)  They will exploit this poor woman and her dead child to the hilt to try to get abortion legalized in Ireland. 

15)  ... more convinced I am that the election was a complete scam. Rigged to the hilt.

16)  ... birthday, it's a watershed moment that I hope you'll enjoy to the hilt; I wish I was there. 

17)  ... lives as he lived his, full speed ahead, living every moment to the hilt, and letting nothing phase us.

18)  ... ability to extract something novel; he knows the game and its history to the hilt........ he's the best! 

19)  Praise your child to the hilt! Tell them how proud you are of all their hard work.

20)  Shiny-floor shows in general, studio-based shows, have kind of been done to the hilt. There's so much competition out there.