- 1a covering made to fit the head, often with a brim (= a flat edge that sticks out) and worn out of doors a straw/woolen, etc. hat to put on/take off a hat
- 2(informal) a position or role, especially an official or professional role, when you have more than one such role I'm wearing two hats tonight—parent and teacher. I'm telling you this with my lawyer's hat on, you understand. see also old hat Idioms
nounjump to other results
immediately; without hesitating The company can't expect me to move my home and family at the drop of a hat.
at the drop of a hatjump to other results
to ask someone for something, especially money, in a very polite way that makes you seem less important There's no way he'll go hat in hand to his brother.
go hat in hand (to somebody)jump to other results
used to express surprise
my hat (old-fashioned)jump to other results
used to say that you admire someone very much for something they have done
hats off to somebody, I take my hat off to somebody, I tip my hat to somebody (informal)jump to other results
used to say that you think something is very unlikely to happen If she's here on time, I'll eat my hat!
I'll eat my hat (informal)jump to other results
to keep something secret and not tell anyone else
keep something under your hat (informal)jump to other results
if something such as a name is picked out of a/the hat, it is picked at random from a container into which all the names are put, so that each name has an equal chance of being picked, in a competition, etc.
out of a/the hatjump to other results
to collect money from a number of people, for example to buy a present for someone
pass the hat around (informal)jump to other results
to suddenly produce something as a solution to a problem
pull something/a rabbit out of the hat (informal)jump to other results
to announce officially that you are going to compete in an election, a competition, etc.
throw your hat into the ringjump to other results