Definition of hat in English:
1A shaped covering for the head worn for warmth, as a fashion item, or as part of a uniform: a black straw hat a woolly hat
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- We walk away from the smattering of polo insiders wearing baseball caps and woolly hats, watching a practice game.
- Turn out your cupboard for old straw sunhats, berets, baseball caps and felt hats.
- There were felt hats and straw hats, decorated with feathers and flowers, ribbon and lace.
1.1Used to refer to a particular role or occupation of someone who has more than one: wearing her scientific hat she is director of a pharmacology research group
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- Life can be busy with many different roles and hats to put on and take off again.
- Wearing all her various hats and wearing them well, Paula certainly fits the Burton bill.
- A Toastmaster Wears Many Hats. The Toastmaster is the host of the day and conducts the meeting (with the exception of the business portion).
- 1be all hat and no cattle
- US informal Tend to talk boastfully without acting on one’s words: in my view, the Senators are all mouth and no action or, as we say in my part of the country, all hat and no cattleMore example sentences
- They're all hat and no cattle, a long run for a short slide.
- And when you run ads saying you are going to take care of Social Security, my friend, that's all hat and no cattle.
- It's all hat and no cattle, all buckle and no belt; or, as a noted English playwright once put it, ‘It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’
- 2hat in hand
- 3hats off to ——
- British Used to express admiration for someone who has done something praiseworthy: hats off to them for agreeing to work for the day to raise moneyMore example sentences
- So hats off to my sister-in-law's brother who, when wished a happy 30th, instantly replied, ‘Don't be silly, I'm celebrating the first anniversary of my 29th birthday’.
- Stuart Hornby hit the ball superbly and hats off to him.
- We must say hats off to the Evening Press though, as initiatives such as these are ones we had not thought of until the Press became involved.
- 4keep something under one's hat
- Keep something a secret: keep it under your hat is the golden rule for top chefs when it comes to sharing culinary secretsMore example sentences
- Churchill replied: ‘I'll tell you a secret, but keep it under your hat.’
- They've certainly kept this change under their hat.
- I know how to keep my politics under my hat for a dinner party.
- 5pass the hat round (or North American pass the hat)
- Collect contributions of money from a number of people for a specific purpose: we’re going to pass the hat round later and buy some beerMore example sentences
- After each performance, they pass the hat, collect what they can, and move on to the next village.
- Of course, he left his unsuspecting assistant to pass the hat, and of course the money filled it to the brim.
- We'll also be passing the hat for additional donations, so drink up and loosen your purse strings.
- 6pick something out of a hat
- Select something, especially the winner of a contest, at random: he picked the victor out of a hatMore example sentences
- If two or more people suggested the chosen name, the winner will be picked out of a hat.
- Two lucky volunteers' names were picked out of a hat to fill the two places allocated to some charities for a trip to London.
- An inside source told me that candidates’ seating positions were chosen by picking numbers out of a hat.
- 7take one's hat off to
- British State one’s admiration for (someone who has achieved something): I take my hat off to anyone who makes it workMore example sentences
- I take my hat off to all the people who do the job for an entire season.
- ‘I take my hat off to all the participants,’ he said.
- I took my hat off to him for trying something like that.
- 8throw one's hat in (or into) the ring
- Express willingness to take up a challenge: he has resisted the temptation to throw his hat in the ring and do both jobs simultaneouslyMore example sentences
- Never being one to turn down a new challenge, Larry threw his hat into the ring as a candidate for the position, and he was hired for the job.
- Last year he surprised many by throwing his hat in the ring to contest the chair against Queenan and came close to causing an upset.
- It's not at all clear to me that he can push these other contenders from the field simply by throwing his hat into the ring.
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- I know now that I don't have to take hatfuls of wickets to impress.
- He was about nineteen feet tall and scored hatfuls of goals as a result, all of them headers.
- To a large extent, Ireland were masters of their own downfall, making countless errors and conceding a hatful of penalties.
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- The man came out of the darkness, impeccable as always in his well-styled coat - hatless this time, he noted, in spite of the wind.
- Until the 1950s, many women would go hatless in their own quartier, something they would not do if they were to go beyond its informal limits.
- It was very hot in the Brazilian sun on a hatless balding head.
- hatted adjective
- [in combination]: a bobble-hatted skierMore example sentences
- Oh, this fills my head with such wonderful images of respectable, gloved, hatted ladies exchanging filthy pictures over supper.
- She smiled, thinking of the hard hatted woman who must have written it there.
- Such sea changes in men's attire invariably occur with a nod or a frown from a head of state, whether hatted or not.
Pronunciation: /ˈhatfʊl/noun (plural hatfuls)
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