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tin hat

noun, Slang.
a steel helmet worn by soldiers.
Origin of tin hat
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We were kidding Lew because he was still wearing his tin hat and caulked boots from work.

    Trees Are Where You Find Them Arthur Dekker Savage
  • You've mentioned no names, but I'll bet my tin hat my Aunt Tish was one of them!'

    More Tish Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It takes a long time to wear a tin hat without hurtin yourself.

    "That's me all over, Mable" Edward Streeter
  • I had one that was fine not only to wear under the tin hat but to sleep in.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • I felt the stunning patter of the fragments on my tin hat, cringed under it, and wondered vaguely why it didn't do me in.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • I just ducked in time as it burst on the parapet behind where I was standing—a splinter caught my tin hat, but bounded off.

    Winning a Cause John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
  • He carried a heavy “war baby” on his back and a tin hat on his head.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
  • As clever as that other one with the fireman's tin hat, as game as Jimmy Wilde, and as kind as Heaven.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • A piece of shrapnel hit a Cockney, a lad from Paddington, on his tin hat.

  • The sweat dripped down my face as I removed my tin hat; my hair was wet and tangled.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
British Dictionary definitions for tin hat

tin hat

(obsolete, informal) a steel helmet worn by military personnel for protection against small metal fragments
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for tin hat

tin hat

noun phrase

A soldier's helmet (1903+)

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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