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full-tilt boogie

1. adverb At the highest capacity or most extreme rate possible; rapidly, recklessly, or with full abandon. When I first bought the car, it was a total hunk of junk; but after a few months of work, it's now running full-tilt boogie. When the police showed up, everyone darted full-tilt boogie out of the house.
2. noun An extreme level of performance, capacity, or energy. We've reached a full-tilt boogie in the office, with everyone working extra hours to get the project off the ground.
See also: boogie

tilt the balance

To change the balance of a situation, such that one side or element is favored or gains advantage. The two candidates are so close in the polls that both are vying for something that will tilt the balance in their favor. The immense interconnectivity of social media has tilted the balance of power somewhat back into the hands of the ordinary population.
See also: balance, tilt

tilt the scale(s)

To change the balance of a situation, such that one side or element is favored or gains advantage. The two candidates are so close in the polls that both are vying for something that will tilt the scale in their favor. The immense interconnectivity of social media has tilted the scales of power somewhat back into the hands of the ordinary population.
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tilt at windmills

Fig. to fight battles with imaginary enemies; to fight against unimportant enemies or issues. (As with the fictional character, Don Quixote, who attacked windmills.) Aren't you too smart to go around tilting at windmills? I'm not going to fight this issue. I've wasted too much of my life tilting at windmills.
See also: tilt, windmill

tilt something back

to move something so it leans back. Alice tilted her chair back and nearly fell over. She tilted back her chair and relaxed.
See also: back, tilt

tilt to something

to lean or slant toward something or in a particular direction. The picture tilts to the left. Her head was tilted to the left because she was trying to see around the corner.
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tilt toward someone or something

1. Lit to lean toward someone or something. The table is tilting toward Roger. The old shed tilted toward the west.
2. Fig. to favor choosing someone or something; to lean toward doing something. I am tilting toward Roger for my assistant. I am tilting toward the red car, not the black one.
See also: tilt, toward

(at) full tilt

as fast or hard as possible In order to produce more new cars, factories are running at full tilt. Bill left the house late, as he usually does, and had to run full tilt to catch his train.
See also: full, tilt

(at) full pelt/steam/tilt

as fast as possible He was going full pelt down the motorway but he still didn't make it to the airport in time.
See also: full, pelt

tilt at windmills

to waste time trying to deal with enemies or problems that do not exist We're not tilting at windmills here. If we don't do something about these problems, our environment may be in serious danger.
See also: tilt, windmill

full tilt, at

As fast or forcefully as possible, as in Running full tilt on that very uneven ground, she was bound to trip and fall or Trying to keep up with new orders, the factory was running at full tilt. Originally referring to the combatants' thrust of a sword or lance, this term has been used figuratively since about 1700.
See also: full

tilt at windmills

Engage in conflict with an imagined opponent, pursue a vain goal, as in Trying to reform campaign financing in this legislature is tilting at windmills. This metaphoric expression alludes to the hero of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote (1605), who rides with his lance at full tilt (poised to strike) against a row of windmills, which he mistakes for evil giants.
See also: tilt, windmill

tilt at

1. To charge or thrust at someone or something with lance or sword: The knight tilted at his opponent.
2. To fight against someone or something: The protesters were tilting at social injustices.
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at full tilt

At full speed: a tank moving at full tilt.
See also: full, tilt

on tilt

In a reckless manner, especially playing poker recklessly after experiencing bad or good luck.
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tilt at windmills

To confront and engage in conflict with an imagined opponent or threat.
See also: tilt, windmill

tilt at windmills

Fight imaginary enemies or fight a battle that can't be won. “Tilt” means “joust,” as in mounted knights fighting each other with lances. In Miguel Cervantes's Don Quixote, the Man of La Mancha came upon a row of windmills and took them for giants, their flailing arms ready to do battle. Despite his squire Sancho Panza's pointing out that they were windmills, Don Quote set his lance, spurred his steed Rocinante, and charged the “enemy.” Alas for the Knight of the Woeful Countenance, the windmills prevailed. Anyone who similarly takes on a losing cause is tilting at windmills.
See also: tilt, windmill
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The truth is the tilt either way isn't great but the theory was that, in the backward position, the cervix more easily dipped into the pool of sperm which lies at the top of the vagina after sex, aiding fertilisation.
Rectifying a tilt can be a prolonged process, but players have to recognise it first.
Identifying a tilt is crucial and your chip stack usually acts as a good guide.
Part of the initiative to maintain position in the world of commercial trucks is the LCF tilt cab, which is Ford's foray into this vehicle architecture.
This smooth and continuous tilt, under the control of the Intelli-MAX software, eliminates taper in the finished part.
The CV-22's tilt rotor allows it land and take off vertically like a helicopter and it will be able to fly with the speed and range of a turboprop airplane.
NEW trains started to tilt through Warwickshire for the first time yesterday in final preparations for faster journeys to and from London.
Two services each way between Liverpool and London will tilt on ``appropriate' sections of the West Coast line, allowing train speeds to increase from 110mph to125mph.
Virgin Trains has announced it has been granted a final safety certificate allowing its new fleet of trains to tilt on the UK rail network for the first time.