- knock into a cocked hat, Informal. to destroy completely; render unachievable.
Origin of cocked hat
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Examples from the Web for cocked hat
But it may be that I am constitutionally insensible to the virtues of a cocked-hat.The Uncommercial Traveller
So, then he of the tight coat and cocked-hat was a king—King “Dingo Bingo!”Ran Away to Sea
First, let me beg of you not to be persuaded into adopting a cocked-hat.
Dr. Grimstone examined the cocked-hat through his double eyeglasses, with a heavy thunder-cloud gathering on his brows.Vice Versa
More than once she was on the point of asking help or advice from the cocked-hat officials at the doors, but she was afraid.Grandmother Dear
- a hat with opposing brims turned up and caught together in order to give two points (bicorn) or three points (tricorn)
- knock into a cocked hat slang to outdo or defeat
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