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  • 1A tall hat, especially a top hat.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1North American informal A snobbish or supercilious person.
  • 2 (high-hat) variant form of hi-hat.
  • 3A silvery marine fish with longitudinal brown stripes and a long upright dorsal fin, found in shallow rocky waters of the Caribbean.
    • Equetus acuminatus, family Sciaenidae


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  • (high-hat) North American informal Snobbish: people say you’re getting very high-hat since you lived on Riverside Drive
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    • Forgive me if I sound high-hat - I don't think you can possibly understand it.


(high-hat) (high-hats, high-hatting, high-hatted) [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
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    • ‘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.

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