from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. as far as possible in embarrassment or difficulty, or in business, like a wheel sunk in mire; deeply involved.


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  • (adverb) - A proverbial expression in America signifying "to the utmost." The allusion is to a vehicle sunk in the mud to the hub, which is as far as it can go.

    --Henry Reddall's Fact, Fancy, and Fable, 1889

    January 17, 2018