W3S1 [hæt] n
[: Old English; Origin: hAt]
1.) a piece of clothing that you wear on your head
Maria was wearing a beautiful new hat.
straw/cowboy/bowler etc 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
2.) keep sth under your hat informal
to keep something secret
3.) 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.
4.) I take my hat off to sb 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.
5.) 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.
6.) 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 atdrop2 (5)
I'll eat my hat ateat
hang up your hat at ↑hang up(3)
be talking through your hat attalk1 (29)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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