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hilt

[hilt]
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.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English hilt(e); cognate with Middle Dutch hilt(e), Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza handle of a sword

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hilt (hɪlt)
 
n
1.  the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
2.  to the hilt to the full
 
vb
3.  (tr) to supply with a hilt
 
[Old English; related to Old Norse hjalt, Old Saxon helta oar handle, Old High German helza]

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hilt
O.E. hilt, from P.Gmc. *kheltiz (cf. O.N. hjalt, O.H.G. helza "hilt," O.S. helta "oar handle"), of uncertain origin. Formerly also used in pl. in same sense as singular.
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