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Re: Live to the hilt Thank you for the response

Posted by David Dye on February 24, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Live to the hilt posted by R. Berg on February 22, 2003

: : I am looking for the meaning of the phrase: "Living life to the hilt". Do you know where this came from??
: : Thanks you very much.
: : David Dye

: Doing anything "to the hilt" means doing it to the uttermost, with nothing held back, by analogy with plunging a sword or knife into a substance as far as the blade will go. A hilt is "the handle of a weapon or tool, particularly of a sword or dagger" (American Heritage Dict.).

Thank you very much for the response.

David Dye