Definition of hard hat in English:

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hard hat

Pronunciation: /ˈhärd ˌhat/


1A rigid protective helmet, as worn by factory and building workers.
Example sentences
  • You wouldn't send a brickie on to a building site without a hard hat.
  • There is a difference between a rule forcing people to wear hard hats inside a building site due to the risks of falling objects and refusing to let kids play conkers out of fear for their safety.
  • A wide range of additional tourist-friendly locations are being proposed for the Games, presumably so that visiting IOC members don't have to spend all their time standing on bleak building sites in hard hats and wellies.
1.1 informal A worker who wears a hard hat.
Example sentences
  • Many of the country's 6.3 million hard hats could find themselves out of work.
1.2North American informal A person with reactionary or conservative views.

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