This is like raising one's head, as far as its maximum angling capacity allows, and ‘looking up to’ the sky.

I wonder if the bold section is too wordy. Is there an adverb that captures this meaning?

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    'Soothingly', no! Maximum angling capacity reads like something from a physiology textbook - hardly the sort of thing you want in what appears to be a motivational text. Dec 10, 2014 at 18:42
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    Yes, it's clumsy style for my taste. Unwieldy. Overwrought. Unclear. Tilting back one's head as far as it will go / as far as possible / (more formal): maximally / to its maximum extent. Alternatively, extending one's neck back... Bending one's head back... (What gets bent/extended is the neck, technically, but I would accept *head there (again, personally) without pause because the meaning is so clear. Dec 10, 2014 at 19:03
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    Sounds like an instruction for an android [& I don't mean a phone] ;) If it's an instruction, to a human being, how about 'as far as you can' ? [an aside, no-one except Prince Charles ever actually says 'one' these days] Dec 10, 2014 at 20:43
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    @Tetsujin, oh yes one does! I think that actually sounds a lot more natural than the alternatives in this context. Agree re the actual 'as far as you can' though. 'As far as it will go' would work too. Dec 10, 2014 at 23:03
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    "Tilt your head back as far as you can..."
    – mkennedy
    Dec 11, 2014 at 0:12

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So, to make an answer out of the comments:

This is like raising one's head, tilting it as far as it will go, and ‘looking up to’ the sky.

As mentioned in the comments, the maximum angling capacity sounds like a measurement in the specifications of a robot. Angling is not generally used with stretching or tilting any parts of the body as far as I know.


You could also crane your neck, which means to stretch or bend or twist your neck or head to look at something.

  • That usually means to stretch to look over the top of something, though, doesn't it? Seems that way to me.
    – BobRodes
    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:02
  • Typically but in general it kinda technically means to just put your neck back the farthest it will go, or in any other position that would be uncomfortable if sustained. Dec 13, 2014 at 3:25

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