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high hat

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noun
  1. top hat.
  2. Slang. table tripod.
  3. Also hi hat. a set of high-hat cymbals.
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Origin of high hat

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for hi-hat

hi-hat

noun
  1. a variant spelling of high-hat (def. 4)
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high hat

noun
  1. another name for top hat
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Word Origin and History for hi-hat

high hat

n.

1889, "tall hat;" also used synechdochically for men who wear such hats; figurative meaning "swelled head" is from 1923. Drum set sense is from 1934.

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