to the hilt

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to the hilt

  1. Completely, fully, to one's limit.
    Synonyms: to the brim; see also Thesaurus:to the full
    You can't expect him to spare any more money, because he's borrowed up to the hilt from the bank for his new apartment.
    • 2005, Tony Judt, “The Politics of Stability”, in Postwar: A history of Europe since 1945, London: Vintage Books, published 2010, →ISBN:
      This paradox—that a peaceful European settlement was taking shape even as the two Great Powers of the day were arming themselves to the hilt and preparing for the eventuality of a thermonuclear war—was not so bizarre as it might appear.