hat

[ hat ]
/ hæt /

noun

a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and brim, especially for wear outdoors.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the distinctive head covering of a cardinal.
  2. the office or dignity of a cardinal.Compare red hat.

verb (used with object), hat·ted, hat·ting.

to provide with a hat; put a hat on.

Idioms

Origin of hat

before 900; Middle English; Old English hætt; cognate with Old Norse hǫttr hood; akin to hood1
Related formshat·less, adjectivehat·less·ness, nounhat·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for talk through one's hat

hat

/ (hæt) /

noun


verb hats, hatting or hatted

(tr) to supply (a person, etc) with a hat or put a hat on (someone)
Derived Formshatless, adjectivehatlike, adjective

Word Origin for hat

Old English hætt; related to Old Norse höttr cap, Latin cassis helmet; see hood 1
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Idioms and Phrases with talk through one's hat (1 of 2)

talk through one's hat

Talk nonsense; also, hold forth about something one knows very little about. For example, He was talking through his hat when he described the shipwreck, or Mother went on and on about various screwdrivers but in fact she was talking through her hat. The allusion in this idiom makes no sense either, which may be the point. [Late 1800s]


Idioms and Phrases with talk through one's hat (2 of 2)

hat

In addition to the idioms beginning with hat

  • hate someone's guts
  • hat in hand
  • hat in the ring
  • hats off to
  • hat trick

also see:

  • at the drop of a hat
  • brass hat
  • eat one's hat
  • hang on to your hat
  • hang up (one's hat)
  • hard hat
  • hats off to
  • keep under one's hat
  • knock into a cocked hat
  • pass the hat
  • pull out of a hat
  • take one's hat off to
  • talk through one's hat
  • throw one's hat in the ring
  • wear another hat

Also see undercap.


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