- a construction worker, especially a member of a construction workers' union.
- a working-class conservative.
- pertaining to or characteristic of hard-hats: enlisting hard-hat support for his policies.
Origin of hard-hat
- a protective helmet of metal or plastic, especially as worn by construction or factory workers.
- a uniformed soldier of a regular army, as opposed to a guerrilla.
Origin of hard hat
- a hat made of a hard material for protection, worn esp by construction workers, equestrians, etc
- informal, mainly US and Canadian a construction worker
- informal, mainly US characteristic of the presumed conservative attitudes and prejudices typified by construction workers
also hardhat, hard-hat, late 14c., "helmet;" 1935, "derby hat;" meaning "safety helmet" is from 1953; used figuratively for "construction worker" from 1970.
A working-class ultraconservative. For example, They were counting on a large number of votes from the hard hats. This term alludes to the rigid protective headgear worn by construction workers, who were noted for their conservatism during the tumultuous 1960s. [c. 1960]