Definition of to the gills in English:

to the gills

phrase

  • Until completely full.

    • ‘The town is full to the gills, but we're coping and everybody's having a great time.’
    • ‘At half past one on a weekday the restaurant was less than half full, and still staffed to the gills.’
    • ‘But they are stuffed to the gills with dollars.’
    • ‘Bigger and better than ever before, the programme is packed to the gills with theatre, music and various street entertainment events.’
    • ‘The second advert was stuffed to the gills with jargon sentences.’
    • ‘The city is packed to the gills during this period, so if you would prefer to see Edinburgh under more normal circumstances, avoid this three-week period.’
    • ‘The place is packed to the gills; standing room only.’
    • ‘This shop is only 10 or 15 feet wide and packed to the gills with old & new clothes, mostly geared to the retired crowd.’
    • ‘Usually those shelters would be packed to the gills.’
    • ‘The room was stuffed to the gills with trophies and plaques and mementos of the greatest baseball team that ever existed.’