to the gunwales

to the gunwales

  (old-fashioned)
if something is filled to the gunwales, it is very full
Usage notes: A gunwale is the top part of the side of a boat.
The room was packed to the gunwales with food and crates of wine.
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The submarine was withdrawing toward the north, but all the time it was shelling the open boats, three of them, loaded to the gunwales with survivors.
There were various stores, bolts of canvas, coils of rope; the poop looked like a marine bazaar, and the boats were lumbered to the gunwales.
They began to mount heavenward; the boat was upset, mocking every exertion; the waves rose to the gunwale, and splitting on the hard stones, the Boat broke into Pieces.
Lashed to the gunwale close at hand a single landing leather that had not fouled the tangled mass beneath whipped free from the ship's side, the hook snapping at its outer end.
6 i-DTEC unit has a reasonable turn of pace and delivers some 300Nm of torque, which should be more than enough to shift a Civic Tourer with some alacrity, even when loaded to the gunwales.
Anchored off St Nazaire, she was packed to the gunwales with people ready to leave for the safety of British shores, when three direct hits from a Junkers 88 caused her to roll and sink within 20 minutes.
Most pick-ups don't spend the majority of their time loaded to the gunwales struggling across rough terrain.
Our last two taster days were packed to the gunwales.
Old Samaritans are already full to the gunwales with previously taken desert dogs (DD) and cats.
For the inspection I was escorted by Nauta's Design's Massimo Gino who talked me through the radical changes below deck: the new 55 is the first Oceanis with large hull windows, with white bulkheads and cabinetiy that has been elevated to the gunwales freeing up space around the settee level.
It's packed to the gunwales, it is hotter here than it is in the Med and Llandudno has got a spring in its step.
Greenhouses are justifiably popular with gardeners but until you''ve filled them to the gunwales with your favourite plants, I think they are hard to personalise and make decorative.
Greenhouses are justifiably popular with gardeners but until you've filled them to the gunwales with your favourite plants, I think they are hard to personalise and make decorative as well as functional.
Everyone gets a daily and weekly Pro Points allowance and you can fill yourself up to the gunwales with food as long as you eat the right kind.
But let's put this into perspective - those venues are stuffed to the gunwales.