English version

tilt at somebody/something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtilt at somebody/something phrasal verb1 CRITICIZEto attack someone in what you say or write2 tilt at windmills to waste time and energy attacking an enemy that is not real tilt→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
tilt at windmillsBut Woodhead's art was to tilt at windmills.I felt that just by being there I was tilting at windmills.For the past 12 years the Government have behaved like latter day Don Quixotes tilting at windmills and all the other renewables.Commitment and dedication remained, but tilting at windmills had to stop.Manning admits he was tilting at windmills in trying to change the nation's prison system.While the Hague event may seem to be an exercise in tilting at windmills, the opposite may also be true.
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Verb table
tilt
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theytilt
he, she, ittilts
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theytilted
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave tilted
he, she, ithas tilted
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad tilted
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill tilt
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have tilted
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam tilting
he, she, itis tilting
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you, we, theyare tilting
Past
I, he, she, itwas tilting
you, we, theywere tilting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been tilting
he, she, ithas been tilting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been tilting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be tilting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been tilting
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