- to snub or treat condescendingly.
- snobbish; disdainful; haughty.
Origin of high-hat
First recorded in 1915–20; v., adj. use of high hat
Origin of high hat
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for high-hat
Now try to imagine the song with the high-hat closed through the verse.
Ringo kept the high-hat open most of the time in those early songs.
Listen, babe, don't get high-hat with me or I'll slap you down.
I don't see why we have to be so high-hat about Jews and Catholics.The Plastic Age
And all this high-hat cockiness aint going to do you one little bit of good.Dorothy Dixon and the Double Cousin
If he high-hats you with his success I'll tell him that you've sold a drawing to the New Yorker and you can high-hat him back.Class of '29
Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
- informal snobbish and arrogant
- informal, mainly US and Canadian to treat in a snobbish or offhand way
- informal a snobbish person
- two facing brass cymbals triggered by means of a foot pedal
- another name for top hat
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Word Origin and History for high-hat
1889, "tall hat;" also used synechdochically for men who wear such hats; figurative meaning "swelled head" is from 1923. Drum set sense is from 1934.
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