to the brim

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

to the brim

  1. (figuratively) To the point of being full, almost overflowing.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:to the full
    The van was stuffed to the brim with camping equipment.
    With an own goal, two penalties, two red cards and plenty more this match was full to the brim with controversy.
    • 1898, The Popular Science Monthly, volume 53, page 159:
      The full measure of life and happiness which we have in mind as the educational goal can only be attained when each individual life is full to the brim.
    • 2009 November 28, Nashua Telegraph:
      We've had so much luck here, it's been effortless,” LeMay said as she rested on the shopping cart full to the brim with gifts []
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see to,‎ brim.
    Fill the glass to the brim.
    • 1959 March, R. C. Riley, “Home with the milk”, in Trains Illustrated, page 155:
      Like the tank wagons, the churns are dairy property, but farmers often have other ideas, and find their own uses for them—it has not been unknown for dairy inspectors to find missing churns tucked away in an unsuspected corner of a farmhouse, filled to the brim with banknotes!