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to the hilt

As much or to the greatest degree possible; completely or utterly. They've had to borrow to the hilt to get the company off the ground. We're ready to defend our client to the hilt in court.
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to the hilt

Also, up to the hilt. Completely, to the maximum degree, as in The house was mortgaged up to the hilt. This idiom alludes to the handle ( hilt) of a sword, the only portion that remains out when the weapon is plunged all the way in. The figurative use of the term was first recorded in 1687.
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to the hilt

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up to the hilt

COMMON
1. If you do something to the hilt or up to the hilt, you do it to the greatest possible extent. He'll be a good candidate. We'll back him up to the hilt. If Fred raises this issue tomorrow, I'll defend my actions to the hilt.
2. If you borrow money to the hilt or up to the hilt, you borrow as much as possible. The company had borrowed to the hilt and still needed more capital. His father's estates were mortgaged up to the hilt. Note: The hilt of a sword or knife is its handle. The image here is of a knife or sword being pushed in all the way to the handle.
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(up) to the hilt

completely.
The image is that of plunging the blade of a knife deeply into something, so that only the hilt is visible.
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(up) to the ˈhilt

(support, etc. somebody) completely: I will support you to the hilt on this.
This expression refers to the full length of a sword, up to its handle (= the hilt).
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to the hilt

To the limit; completely: played the role to the hilt.
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up to the hilt

To the utmost. The hilt is the handle of a dagger or sword; when the weapon is plunged all the way into something, only the hilt stays out. The term, also put as to the hilt, was transferred to other kinds of extreme by the seventeenth century. “The estate was mortgaged up to the hilt,” wrote James Payn (Thicker than Water, 1883).
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* MEN OF THE MOMENT: Jordan Rhodes thanks the fans for their support in his incredible 40-goal season and, inset, chairman Dean Hoyle has back the club to the hilt for the last three years
Ensure the end of the hilt is pressed into your palm.
NEW Home Secretary Alan Johnson says he is "backing Gordon Brown to the hilt".
"Carnegie Hilt shoppers are highly refined, and I am very proud of the many boutiques and fine restaurants we have placed here that have met and exceeded their expectations."
For goodness sake, let's back Dave to the hilt because he will not be out of work for long.
Because surely the sky-high cost of such transport alone is bound to act as an irritant to a public getting taxed to the hilt.
While Warwickshire Fire Service provided cover in Coventry for the Radford Road, Foleshill, Canley and Binley crews who were stretched to the hilt fighting the blaze, other appliances came from: Bickenhill, Solihull, Hay Mills, Ward End, Aston, Sheldon, Bournebrook, Ladywood, Smethwick, Perry Barr, Billesley, Highgate, Sutton Coldfield, Northfield and Oldbury.
Worked to death by unscrupulous employers, and taxed to the hilt by politicians whose only interest is to line their own pockets, what else do we have left?
Caption: Interstate Electrical Services Corp.'s recent biannual trade show in Billerica, Mass., featured more than 30 exhibitors, including vendors and manufacturing representatives showcasing products from 3M, Milwaukee, Hilt, Milton Cat, Hubbell and Cooper/Hinds.