cocked hat

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noun

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).

Idioms

    knock into a cocked hat, Informal. to destroy completely; render unachievable.

Origin of cocked hat

First recorded in 1665–75; cock2 + -ed2
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cocked hat


noun

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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