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To the hilt and up to the hilt mean to the maximumextentpossible or as fully as possible. [informal, emphasis] ⇒ The men who wield the power are certainly backing him to the hilt. ⇒ James was overdrawn and mortgaged to the hilt. ⇒ She was in this right up to the hilt.
She was hanging on to his arm, dressed to the hilt , made up like a weddingcake.Dhondy, Farrukh COME TO MECCAOne word to social services and they would back me to the hilt.Sara MacDonald SEA MUSICThe blade was too close to be averted; it entered Julia's side to the hilt.Clive Barker THE HELLBOUND HEARTThere was, to his mind, nothing more sensually satisfying than being sheathed to the hilt in hot, slick, voluptuousfeminineflesh.Stephanie Laurens THE PERFECT LOVER