Hat Metaphors and Similes

I collect these. Additions to this itemizing are welcome. Additionally, take observe that in some circumstances I can’t know the origin of a selected expression. If in case you have info or theories of origin for one thing beneath, I would additionally wish to hearken to from you. I hope you get pleasure from these.

Chatting Via Your Hat

To talk nonsense or to lie. c1885. [In an interview in The World entitled “How About White Shirts”, a reporter asked a New York streetcar conductor what he thought about efforts to get the conductors to wear white shirts like their counterparts in Chicago. “Dey’re talkin’ tru deir hats” he was quoted as replying.]

Consuming Your Hat

There is no such thing as a this form of issue as a completely positive issue, however that is wherever this expression comes from. For those who convey to a person you’ll attempt to eat your hat in the event that they do some factor, be sure you’re not donning your preferrred hat-just in case. [The expression goes back at least to the reign of Charles II of Great Britain and had something to do with the amorous proclivities of ‘ol Charlie. Apparently they named a goat after him that had his same love of life which included, in the goat’s case, eating hats.]

Previous Hat

Outdated, uninteresting issues out of fashion. [This seems to come from the fact that hat fashions are constantly changing. The fact of the matter is that hat fashions had not been changing very fast at all until the turn of the 19th Century. The expression therefore is likely about 100 years old.]

Mad As A Hatter

Completely demented, insane. [Hatters did, indeed, go mad. They inhaled fumes from the mercury that was part of the process of making felt hats. Not recognizing the violent twitching and derangement as symptoms of a brain disorder, people made fun of affected hat-makers, often treating them as drunkards. In the U.S., the condition was called the “Danbury shakes.” (Danbury, Connecticut, was a hat-making center.) Mercury is no longer used in the felting process: hat-making — and hat-makers — are safe.]

Hat In Hand

An illustration of humility. For illustration, “I come hat in hand” signifies that I seem in deference or in weak point. [I assume that the origins are from feudal times when serfs or any lower members of feudal society were required to take off their hats in the presence of the lord or monarch (remember the Dr. Seuss book “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”?). A hat is your most prideful adornment.]

Move The Hat

Nearly to move a person’s hat amongst associates of an viewers or workforce as a signifies for amassing {dollars}. Additionally to beg or ask for charity. [The origin is self-evident as a man’s hat turned upside down makes a fine container.]

Restricted As Dick’s Hat Band

Practically something that’s too restricted. [The Dick in this case is Richard Cromwell, the son of England’s 17th Century “dictator”, Oliver Cromwell. Richard succeeded his dad and wanted to be king but was quickly disposed. The hatband in the phrase refers to the crown he never got to wear.]

Hat Trick

Three consecutive successes in a online game or another endeavor. For instance, taking 3 wickets with 3 successive pitches by a bowler in a recreation of cricket, three objectives or factors obtained by a participant in a match of soccer or ice hockey, and so forth. [From cricket, from the former practice of awarding a hat to a bowler who dismissed three batsmen with three successive balls.]

Robust Hats

Within the nineteenth Century, gents who wore derby hats significantly Jap businessmen and in a while crooks, gamblers and detectives. [Derby hats, a.k.a. Bowlers or Cokes, were initially very hard as they were developed in 1850 for use by a game warden, horseback rider wanting protection.] Proper now, “Difficult Hats” are growth workers [for obvious reasons].

In One’s Hat, or In Hat

An expression of incredulity. [Origin unknown. Help us if you can]

Throwing A Hat Within the Ring

Coming right into a contest or a race e.g. a political function for enterprise workplace. [A customer wrote us with the following: “I read in “The Language of American Politics” by William F. Buckley Jr. that the phrase “throw one’s hat in the ring” comes from a practice of 19th Century saloonkeepers putting a boxing ring in the middle of the barroom so that customers who wanted to fight each other would have a place to do so without starting a donnybrook. If a man wanted to indicate that he would fight anybody, he would throw his hat in the ring.

At one point, Theodore Roosevelt declared he was running for office with a speech that included a line that went something like, “My hat is in the ring and I am stripped to the waist”. The phrase “my hat in the ring” stuck, probably because “I am stripped to the waist” is a little gross.]

Hats Off . . .

“Hats off to the U.S. Winter season Olympic Staff” for example. An exclamation of approval or kudos. [Origins must be from the fact that taking one’s hat off or tipping one’s hat is a traditional demonstration of respect.]

A Feather In Your Cap

A unique accomplishment. [I assume that the origins on this expression hail from the days when, in fact, a feather for one’s cap would be awarded for an accomplishment much like a medal is awarded today and pinned to one’s uniform. A feather, or a pin, add a certain prestige or luster to one’s apparel.]

Maintain On To Your Hat(s)

A warning that some pleasure or hazard is imminent. [When riding horseback or in an open-air early automobile, the exclamation “hold on to your hat” when the horse broke into a gallop or the car took-off was certainly literal.]

Bee In Your Bonnet

An indicator of agitation or an plan that you’re unable to allow go of and simply have to precise. [A real bee in one’s bonnet certainly precipitates expression.]

Sporting Fairly a couple of Hats

This of research course is a metaphor for getting numerous completely different obligations or careers. [Historically, hats have often been an integral, even necessary, part of a working uniform. A miner, welder, construction worker, undertaker, white-collar worker or banker before the 1960s, chef, farmer, etc. all wear, or wore, a particular hat. Wearing “many hats” or “many different hats” simply means that one has different duties or jobs.]

All Hat and No Cattle

All show and no substance. For instance, in Oct 2003, Senator Robert Byrd declared that the Bush administration’s declarations that it wished the United Nations as a lover in reworking Iraq had been being “All Hat and No Cattle”. [This Texas expression refers to men who dress the part of powerful cattlemen, but don’t have the herds back home.]

To Maintain Your Hat (or not)

To dedicate to one thing (or not), or stake your standing on one thing (or not), like an concept or plan. For example “I’d not cling my hat on George Steinbrenner’s closing choice to fireplace his supervisor.” [Origin unknown. Can anyone help with this one?]

On the Drop of a Hat

Quickly. [Dropping a hat, can be a way in which a race can start (instead of a starting gun for example). Also, a hat is an apparel item that can easily become dislodged from its wearer. Anyone who wears hats regularly has experienced the quickness by which a hat can fly off your head.]

To Concept Your Hat or A Concept of the Hat

An endorsement of respect, acceptance, appreciation, or the like. Working example: “A suggestion of the hat to American troops for the seize of Saddam Hussein.” [This is simply verbalizing an example of hat etiquette. Men would (and some still do) tip their hat to convey the same message.]

My Hat As an alternative of Myself

That is an expression from Ecuador, home of the “Panama” hat. It signifies what’s claims it’s preferable to surrender your hat than your on a regular basis dwelling. [The Guayas River runs through Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city on the Pacific coast. People from the city were known to hunt alligators for their hides in the river by swimming stark naked wearing Panama hats on their heads and long knives between their teeth. When the reptiles open their jaws and go for the swimmer, he dives leaving his hat floating on the surface for the alligator to chew on while he plunges the knife into the animal’s vitals. From THE PANAMA HAT TRAIL by Tom Miller.]

Awful Hat

I think about it is a French expression for a undesirable explicit individual. [Ludwig Bemelmans’ MADELINE series of children’s books, set in France, includes one MADELINE AND THE BAD HAT. In this story Madeline, our heroine, refers to a little boy neighbor as a “bad hat”. She clearly means this as a metaphor for a bad person and because I do not know the expression in English, I assume this is a common French reference. If anyone out there knows more about this, please drop us an email.]

Hat by Hat

Motion by part. [Nevada Barr’s book SEEKING ENLIGHTENMENT: Hat by Hat means just that. Has anyone heard this expression otherwise? If yes, please email us.]

Preserving A bit one thing Underneath One’s Hat

Making an attempt to maintain an answer. [People kept important papers and small treasures under their hats. One’s hat was often the first thing put on in the morning and the last thing taken off at night, so literally keeping things under one’s hat was safe keeping. A famous practitioner of this was Abraham Lincoln. The very utilitarian cowboy hat was also commonly used for storage.]

That is Your Hat, However What is definitely Your Hurry

When somebody has taken up enough of your time and also you need him/her to depart. [Origin unknown.]

Carry His Workplace in His Hat

Working an organization on a shoestring. [Important papers and the like were often carried in one’s hat.]

Units Her Cap

A younger lady “units her cap” for a youthful male who she hopes to curiosity in marrying her. [Long ago, maidens wore caps indoors because homes were poorly heated. A girl set her most becoming hat on her head when an eligible fellow came to call.]

Considering Cap

To set in your “contemplating cap” is to offer some problem watchful imagined. [Teachers and philosophers in the Middle Ages often wore distinctive caps that set them apart from those who had less learning. Caps became regarded as a symbol of education. People put them on (literally or figuratively) to solve their own problems.]

Black Hat . . .

Black hat strategies, black hat intentions, and so forth. seek advice from nefarious steps or layouts. [Black hats in Western lore and literature were the bad guys.]

White Hat . . .

Even though I don’t see or hearken to this expression as significantly as “Black Hat”, it simply is the reverse of the sooner talked about. [Good guys wore/wear white hats.]

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