hat in hand
adverb Date: 1851 in an attitude of respectful humility <
have to go hat in hand to apologize
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hat in hand — adverb : in an attitude of respectful humility have to apologize hat in hand * * * used to indicate an attitude of humility standing on the stoop of his ex wife s house, hat in hand * * * hat in hand (US) (or Brit cap in hand) : asking or begging …   Useful english dictionary

  • hat in hand — with an attitude of respect for someone powerful. The Secretary of Defense must go to Congress, hat in hand, to get approval to close military bases. Usage notes: said about someone who is hoping to get something they want Etymology: based on the …   New idioms dictionary

  • hat in hand — {adv. phr.}, {informal} In a humble and respectful manner. * /They went hat in hand to the old woman to ask for her secret recipe./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hat in hand — {adv. phr.}, {informal} In a humble and respectful manner. * /They went hat in hand to the old woman to ask for her secret recipe./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hat in hand — adverb With humility; in an apologetic or self effacing fashion. He came back the next day, hat in hand, to correct the problem he left behind …   Wiktionary

  • hat\ in\ hand — adv. phr. informal In a humble and respectful manner. They went hat in hand to the old woman to ask for her secret recipe …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hat in hand — humble, almost begging    If he doesn t find a job in town, he ll return to us, hat in hand …   English idioms

  • hat in hand — see cap in hand at cap. → hat …   English new terms dictionary

  • hat in hand — idi humbly and respectfully, as in seeking help …   From formal English to slang

  • hat in hand — while surrendering …   English contemporary dictionary

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