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Does at full tilt mean the best one can? #1 (permalink) Thu Sep 02, 2010 19:23 pm   Does at full tilt mean the best one can?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #306 "English Slang Idioms (28)", question 5

Now that he had his morning coffee, he would be working at full ......... in no time.

(a) tilt
(b) bore
(c) monty
(d) flood

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #306 "English Slang Idioms (28)", answer 5

Now that he had his morning coffee, he would be working at full tilt in no time.

Correct answer: (a) tilt

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Does at full tilt mean the best one can? #2 (permalink) Thu Sep 02, 2010 20:24 pm   Does at full tilt mean the best one can?
 

Hi,

Yes, you are right. It comes from a form of sport in the Middle Ages when two knights (warriors) would charge each other with a long pole in order to knock their opponent off their horse. This was called tilting.

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