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Large list of clothes idioms about hats and their meanings


How each idioms is listed

There are 3 parts for each idiom the first part is what the idiom is, then there is an explanation of what the idiom means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.

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Clothes idioms about hats

at the drop of a hat

- without waiting or planning, immediately, promptly

Our boss will stop working and help someone at the drop of a hat.

cap and gown

- the academic cap and gown that is worn during graduation ceremonies

Everybody was wearing their cap and gown for the university graduation ceremony.

eat one's hat

- to do something extraordinary or special if something that you do not think will happen actually happens (this is always used with if and is used when you are quite certain that something will happen and if it does not happen then you will do something extraordinary or special - like eating your hat)

I do not think that my friend will arrive here on time and if he does arrive on time I will eat my hat.
I do not think that our team will win the game today but if we do win I will eat my hat.

a feather in one's cap

- something to be proud of, an honor

Winning the speech contest was a feather in the boy's cap and a great honor.

hang one's hat (somewhere)

- to live or take up residence somewhere

I want to go and hang my hat in a small town somewhere.

hang up one's hat

- to leave a job (usually after a long career)

The man decided to hang up his hat after forty years at his job.

have a bee in one's bonnet

- to have a fixed idea that stays in one's mind

The woman has a bee in her bonnet about starting a new business.

keep (something) under one's hat

- to keep something secret

I plan to keep my plans to look for a new job under my hat.

old hat

- not new or different, old-fashioned

We have been using the new computer program for many months. It is old hat now.

pass the hat

- to attempt to collect money from a group of people for some project or special cause

We passed the hat in order to raise money to buy a new camera.

pull (something) out of a hat

- to produce something as if by magic, to invent something

The lawyer said that she did not have the information but suddenly she pulled it out of a hat.

put on one's thinking cap

- to think hard and seriously about something

I will put on my thinking cap and try to find a solution to the problem before next week.

take one's hat off to (someone)

- to admire or respect or praise someone

You have to take your hat off to my neighbor. He started a small business and now it is very successful.

talk through one's hat

- to say something without knowing or understanding the facts

Our supervisor is talking through his hat and does not know what he is talking about.

throw one's hat into the ring

- to announce that one is running for an elected office

The mayor threw his hat into the ring and decided to run for national office.

toss one's hat into the ring

- to announce that one is running for an elected office

My friend tossed his hat into the ring and will try and become the school president.

wear more than one hat

- to have more than one set of responsibilities

Our teacher wears more than one hat. She is the head of the school board as well as the coach of the swim team.

wear several hats

- to have more than one set of responsibilities

Our teacher wears several hats. She is the head of the school board as well as the coach of the swim team.

with hat in hand

- with humility (usually used when you ask for something from someone who is more powerful than you)

The man came to his boss with hat in hand to ask for a raise in pay.

Lessons that are related to the exercise

To view any of the lessons below click on link.

Idioms human body English lesson

A to Z Idioms - list English phrases

Small List of idioms A - Z English phrases

Dictionary and how to use dictionaries

Click on the following link for the Online English dictionary - English lesson



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