tilt


tilt
tilt1 [ tılt ] verb
1. ) transitive to move something so that one side is lower than the other:
The tray was tilted at an angle.
She tilted the bowl to pour the mixture out.
a ) intransitive if something tilts, it moves so that one side is lower than the other:
Suddenly the boat started to tilt.
b ) transitive to move your head slightly upward, downward, or to one side:
She was sitting with her head tilted slightly back.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to influence a situation in a particular way, or be influenced in a particular way:
tilt the balance toward/in favor of someone (=give someone an advantage): Excellent performances from the opening batsmen have tilted the balance in favor of the home side.
be tilting at windmills
to be wasting time dealing with problems that do not really exist
tilt
tilt 2 [ tılt ] noun singular
1. ) a sloping position or the amount by which something slopes:
The table has a definite tilt at this end.
2. ) a slight change in people's opinion or attitude:
Opinion polls are showing a marked tilt toward the Nationalist Party.
3. ) BRITISH a criticism of someone or something
4. ) tilt at BRITISH an attempt to achieve something:
Whitham is heading for a tilt at the world championship next year.
at full tilt
as fast as possible

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

Synonyms:
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