Origin of hard-hat
Definition for hard-hat (2 of 2)
Origin of hard hat
British Dictionary definitions for hard-hat
Word Origin and History for hard-hat
also hardhat, hard-hat, late 14c., "helmet;" 1935, "derby hat;" meaning "safety helmet" is from 1953; used figuratively for "construction worker" from 1970.
Idioms and Phrases with hard-hat
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]