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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.
See also: tilt

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.
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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This close-in planet, like the others in the new studies, periodically passes across the face of its star as seen from Earth, blocking a fraction of the light and allowing a telescope to measure orbital tilt.
Immersive thrill rides combine larger-than-life movies with gut-wrenching motion bases (machines you sit in that tilt, sway, and roll) to trick your mind and body into thinking you're on the ride of your life.
The focus for high production revolves around the automated tilt-pouring casting technology (see sidebar "Automated Tilt Pouring Eliminates Human Element").
The development of the automated tilt pour process, according to Cunningham, was due to "natural evolution.
This adjustable foot rest has a 13 inches by 19 inches platform that can tilt up to an angle of 23 degrees.
The AT&T Tilt is the first AT&T-enabled Windows Mobile 6 smart device and features an innovative slide-out QWERTY keypad design, a 3-megapixel camera, 3G data speeds from AT&T's UMTS/HSDPA-based BroadbandConnect network and complete global connectivity.
During the 1990s, images taken by ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope revealed a 3 [degrees] tilt, or warp, in a section of the disk.
the industry leader in professional-grade audio/visual mounting solutions, today introduced a Motorized Wall Mount (MM860) that allows remote-controlled position adjustment of tilt, pivot and extension of a flat panel screen up to 60 inches and 180 pounds from any viewing location.
As a bonus, the Mini- Tilt accepts our new WAVE 2 Mini-Tilt WAVE Power module.
The Arbitration, which was commenced under the Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, arises out of an Umbrella Agreement entered into in January 1994 between Lattelekom, Tilts and the Republic of Latvia.
5 degrees, Earth could drastically change its tilt in just a few million years, sometimes dipping enough to bring more sunlight to polar regions than to equatorial zones.
is entitled to a contribution in the amount of approximately one fourth of the above price from Cable and Wireless plc, a former shareholder in Tilts.
Two scientists now propose an explanation that they say may account for all the observed tilts in magnetic fields.
This exclusive tilt switch can be used as a substitute to a top-mounted rotary level indicator and is appropriate for a wide range of solid materials in most any industry.