hats off to

Congratulations to, as in Hats off to Claire! She's set a new record for the mile. This expression alludes to taking off one's hat as a sign of respect. [Mid-1800s]


Nearby words

  1. hatikvah,
  2. hatless,
  3. hatpin,
  4. hatrack,
  5. hatred,
  6. hatshepsut,
  7. hatta,
  8. hatter,
  9. hatteras,
  10. hatteras, cape

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