To the hilt To the limit; completely: played the role to the hilt. (idiom)
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Use "hilt" in a sentence
"The hilt is cast metal with antique nickel plate and leather wrap."
"We borrowed to the hilt from the Chinese, and we couldn't even fight the war without the Chinese, but the market is telling us we can't continue to print and create money out of thin air to fight this war and run the domestic welfare state because it will ruin the dollar, and that's what the dollar is telling us today."
"The emerald upon his turban was as large as a man's eye, and his sword hilt was studded with turquoise and pearls and the hilt was a blazon of gold."