Language: Old English
Origin: hæt


hat S1 W3 [countable]
1DCC a piece of clothing that you wear on your head:
Maria was wearing a beautiful new hat.
in a hat
a man in a fur hat
bowler-hatted/top-hatted etc (=wearing a bowler hat, top hat etc)
a bowler-hatted gentleman

keep something under your hat

informal to keep something secret

be wearing your teacher's/salesman's etc hat

also have your teacher's/salesman's etc hat on informal to be performing the duties of a teacher etc, which are not your only duties:
I'm a manager now and only put my salesman's hat on when one of our sales reps is having real problems.

I take my hat off to somebody

also hats off to somebody informal used to say you admire someone very much because of what they have done:
I take my hat off to Ian - without him we'd have never finished this project on time.

be drawn/pulled/picked out of the/a hat

if someone's name is drawn out of a hat, they are chosen, for example as the winner of a competition, because their name is the first one that is taken out of a container containing the names of all the people involved:
The first correct entry out of the hat on September 2nd will win a prize.

pass the hat around

to collect money from a group of people, especially in order to buy someone a present
hard hat old hat

➔ at the drop of a hat

at drop2 (5)

➔ I'll eat my hat

at eat (8)

➔ hang up your hat

at hang up (3)

➔ be talking through your hat

at talk1 (29)

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