Definition of high hat in English:
1A tall hat, especially a top hat.
- They are often pictured as weird-looking skinny characters wearing high hats.
- The elaborate dress of the gentleman - walking stick, coat, high hat - clearly identified him and allowed for a form of class-based ridicule, rather than a gender-based attack on masculinity.
- He rented the high-hat and morning-suit finery at Moss Brothers and made the Ascot races on one of the days of high fashion.
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verb (high-hats, high-hatting, high-hatted)(high-hat) [with object] North American informal Back to top
Act in a snobbish or supercilious manner towards (someone): now that she had the ear of great men, Pamela high-hatted the old crowd
More example sentences
- ‘If you talk like that,’ he was told, ‘they will think you are high-hatting them.’
- A male servant answered in a clipped East Prussian-accented German that annoyed Metz. Where did this flunky get off trying to high-hat people with that accent?
- Nevertheless the Glasgow waitress is most attentive and friendly. But heaven help the customer who attempts to high-hat her.
Definition of high hat in:
- US English dictionary
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