Hilt



[hilt] /hɪlt/

noun
1.
the handle of a sword or dagger.
2.
the handle of any weapon or tool.
verb (used with object)
3.
to furnish with a hilt.
Idioms
4.
to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully:
to play the role to the hilt.
Also, up to the hilt.
/hɪlt/
noun
1.
the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
2.
to the hilt, to the full
verb
3.
(transitive) to supply with a hilt
n.

Old English hilt “hilt, handle of a sword or dagger,” from Proto-Germanic *helt (cf. Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza “hilt,” Old Saxon helta “oar handle”), perhaps from PIE *kel- “to strike.” Formerly also used in plural in same sense as singular.
see: to the hilt

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