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  • adverb With a lance.


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  • Every expended butt in the old cellar did he set a-tilt, and shake with the desperate expectation of collecting enough of the grounds of claret to fill the large pewter measure which he carred in his hand.

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008

  • In honor of his love he rode a-tilt at the hindrances that were thrown in his way, and

    Modeste Mignon 2007

  • Svenson left the maids looking after him in the hallway, their heads a-tilt like a pair of curious cats.

    The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters Dahlquist, Gordon 2006

  • The blades and tassels of the corn had been stripped away, leaving the ripe ears a-tilt at the top of the stalks, which looked like cranes standing on one leg with their heads slanted in pensive contemplation.

    Familiar Spanish Travels 2004

  • Then she sat back on her heels, her head a-tilt like a curious bird's, her eyes beaming sentimentally upon the bride.

    The Fortieth Door Mary Hastings Bradley

  • The child was standing up now certainly, her wiry little body a-tilt with excitement, a-quiver with it.

    Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • A mangy buffalo head, always the subject of a dull feature story whenever a new reporter was assigned to the beat, hung a-tilt and leering from one wall.

    Curtains for the editor Polsky, Thomas 1939

  • Choking the range full of coal, wrenching into place a refractory coal-scuttle, she turned the damper in the stove-pipe and set the stove-plates slightly a-tilt.

    The Best Short Stories of 1919 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story Various 1915

  • He seemed to be on the very summit of the hill; for all the roads were a-tilt.

    Okewood of the Secret Service Valentine Williams 1914

  • No other country in that age, or in the previous one, could show the world such a scene as that gravely enacted before King Juan II and his court, when eighty knights ran a-tilt with each other, and incurred serious loss of limb and permanent injury to their persons, in order that one of them might fulfil

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 10 John [Editor] Rudd 1885


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