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atilt

[uh-tilt] /əˈtɪlt/
adjective, adverb
1.
with a tilt or inclination; tilted:
Hold the bottle slightly atilt.
2.
with the lance in hand in tilting.
Origin of atilt
1555-1565
1555-65; a-1 + tilt1
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  • You purposely prolong his suspense; he is all atilt, expecting the delightful surprise.

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  • Father,” she began, atilt on the arm of his chair, “should you like to buy this house yourself?

British Dictionary definitions for atilt

atilt

/əˈtɪlt/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
in a tilted or inclined position
2.
(archaic) in or as if in a joust
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Word Origin and History for atilt
adv.

1560s, from a- (1) + tilt (n.).

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