Definition of cap in hand North American hat in hand in English:

cap in hand (North American hat in hand)

British Humbly asking for a favour: we have to go cap in hand begging for funds
More example sentences
  • Tight new spending limits are set to be imposed on Britain's political parties to stop them going cap in hand to donors angling for peerages, knighthoods and other favours.
  • With every voter putting no more than five dollars into the Clean Money pool, candidates won't have to go hat in hand to lobbyists and fat cats, instead spending their time talking to voters.
  • Rather than going hat in hand to pharmaceutical executives, Canada uses single-payer's price controls to cap drug prices.
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