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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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at full speed

As fast as possible. I drove at full speed, and I still got there late. Do you think she has a chance to win the race, if she runs at full speed? They are planning this wedding at full speed. I hope they don't forget any major details.
See also: full, speed

(at) full pelt

As fast as possible. I drove at full pelt, and I still got there late. Do you think she has a chance to win the race, if she runs at full pelt? They are planning this wedding at full pelt. I hope they don't forget any major details.
See also: full, pelt

(at) full tilt

As fast as something or someone can go. Once Tom caught the ball, he took off at full tilt toward the end zone. I started feeling nauseous on the way home because Kelly was driving full tilt on a windy highway.
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tilt at windmills

To waste time fighting enemies or trying to resolve issues that are imaginary, not as important, or impossible to overcome. The president seems to be tilting at windmills lately, levelling accusations at foreign leaders who have done nothing wrong. The company keeps tilting at windmills with its insistence on implementing a service structure that serves no immediate purpose.
See also: tilt, windmill

at full speed

 and at full tilt; at full throttle
as fast as possible. The motor was running at full speed. John finished his running at full tilt. When the horse reached the back stretch he was at full throttle.
See also: full, speed

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.
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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

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.
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tilt at windmills

LITERARY
If someone tilts at windmills, they waste their time on problems which do not exist or are unimportant. Of course with their petition and their campaign, they are all tilting at windmills. His critics considered him a tiresome idealist who spent an idle life tilting at windmills. Note: This expression refers to the novel `Don Quixote' (1605) by the Spanish writer Cervantes, in which Don Quixote sees some windmills, thinks that they are giants, and tries to attack them.
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(at) full tilt

with maximum energy or force; at top speed.
1912 Edith Wharton Letter Just after we left Modena a crazy coachman drove full tilt out of a side road.
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tilt at windmills

attack imaginary enemies or evils.
In Cervantes' 17th-century mock-chivalric novel Don Quixote, the eponymous hero attacked windmills in the deluded belief that they were giants.
See also: tilt, windmill

(at) full ˈpelt/ˈspeed/ˈtilt

with great speed, force, etc: The police were chasing him so he ran full pelt down the road.We drove down the road at full tilt.
See also: full, pelt, speed, tilt

tilt at ˈwindmills

waste your energy attacking imaginary enemies: For some reason he thinks everyone is out to get him, but he’s really just tilting at windmills.This expression comes from Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote, in which the hero thought that the windmills he saw were giants and tried to fight them.
See also: tilt, windmill

tilt at

v.
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.
See also: on, tilt

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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Of these scans, 19 were classified as tilted, and 12 were classified as having borderline tilt (marginally above 10[degrees]).
Although the presence of patellar tilt usually implies a tight lateral retinaculum and unhealthy pressure distributions within the patellar cartilage, it is possible for the bony portion of the patella to appear tilted while the articular cartilage is in fact fully congruous in a medial-lateral direction (a patella is never congruous in the sagittal plane).
Finding a tilted disk isn't a great surprise, notes Golimowski.
REALITY: Often looked upon as the 'new kid on the block,' tilt-up construction -- a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place -- actually has roots that can be traced to the early 1900s.
Immortal Cities is the city-building game that I always wanted to make," said Chris Beatrice, president of Tilted Mill Entertainment.
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We are very impressed with the progress of Children of the Nile, Tilted Mill's rich heritage is clearly evident.
But if such findings hold up in future studies, this tilted pattern could give scientists a much-needed clue to understanding Earth's solid iron center.
Created by Tilted Mill Entertainment, an innovative development studio comprised of industry vets who pioneered the category, Children of the Nile is a quantum leap in city building games via its use of 3D and unique human behavior technologies.
These startling conclusions arise out of new calculations revealing that the chaotic wobbles of a planet's orbit around the sun can have a strong influence on the angle at which the planet's spin axis is tilted with respect to the plane of its orbit.
The brewers of Pyramid Ales & Lagers invite you to drink like a Scotsman this spring with the return of their award-winning seasonal, Tilted Kilt Scotch Ale.
One is that the main dipole field is indeed tilted, which would mean that the dynamo theory needs marked revision to explain the tilts already observed at the planets of the solar system.
Tilt-up buildings derive their name from the way in which they are constructed, with their concrete walls cast on floors or slabs and tilted into place by cranes.
Though Triton apparently lacks its own field, its tilted orbit carries it in and out of Neptune's magnetosphere.
In early February, Pyramid Ales and Lagers announces the arrival of its spring seasonal brew, Tilted Kilt Scotch Ale through a series of short videos distributed via email.