Meaning of “(up) to the hilt” in the English Dictionary

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"(up) to the hilt" in British English

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(up) to the hilt

Something that is done (up) to the hilt is done completely and without any limits:

The government is already borrowing up to the hilt.

(Definition of “(up) to the hilt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)