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cocked hat

a man's hat, worn especially in the 18th century, having a wide, stiff brim turned up on two or three sides toward a peaked crown.
Compare bicorne, tricorn (def 2).
knock into a cocked hat, Informal. to destroy completely; render unachievable.
Origin of cocked hat
First recorded in 1665-75; cock2 + -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cocked hat
Historical Examples
  • Make it so's he can wear his uniform and a cocked hat and a sword.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I'll do it if the beadle follows in his cocked hat; not else.

  • Now that idea had been knocked into a cocked hat, and my intellect had been knocked with it.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was in cocked hat and with sword, and the sword of state was carried upright before him.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "Your servant, Citoyenne," said he, removing his cocked hat.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • Why do I wear breeches and a cocked hat—when I am abroad, videlicet?

  • Made me s'mad I took a club an' knocked that biler into a cocked hat.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • He waved his cocked hat to them as a huntsman lays on his hounds.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • A cocked hat worn with the peak in front instead of athwart.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • As he was hurriedly leaving his cabin he called for his cocked hat.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for cocked hat

cocked hat

a hat with opposing brims turned up and caught together in order to give two points (bicorn) or three points (tricorn)
(slang) knock into a cocked hat, to outdo or defeat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for cocked hat

cocked hat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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