cap in hand
phrasal in a respectful, humble, or sometimes fearful manner

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Cap in hand — Cap Cap (k[a^]p), n. [OE. cappe, AS. c[ae]ppe, cap, cape, hood, fr. LL, cappa, capa; perhaps of Iberian origin, as Isidorus of Seville mentions it first: Capa, quia quasi totum capiat hominem; it. capitis ornamentum. See 3d {Cape}, and cf. 1st… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cap in hand — ► cap in hand humbly asking for a favour. Main Entry: ↑cap …   English terms dictionary

  • cap in hand — phrasal : respectfully, submissively, obsequiously * * * cap in hand 1. Submissively 2. Supplicatingly • • • Main Entry: ↑cap * * * cap (or hat) in hand …   Useful english dictionary

  • cap in hand —    If you do something cap in hand, you ask for something in a very respectful manner.     They went to the teacher, cap in hand, and asked for more time to complete their project …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cap in hand — adverb In a humble and respectful manner No longer were we required to go cap in hand to the banks if we wanted money, they were coming to us …   Wiktionary

  • cap in hand (N. Amer. hat in hand) — humbly asking for a favour. → cap …   English new terms dictionary

  • go cap in hand (to somebody) — go cap in ˈhand (to sb) idiom (BrE) (US go hat in ˈhand) to ask sb for sth, especially money, in a very polite way that makes you seem less important • There s no way he ll go cap in hand to his brother …   Useful english dictionary

  • come cap in hand — come/go cap in hand British, American & Australian, American to ask someone for money or help in a way which makes you feel ashamed. I had to go cap in hand to my parents again to ask for some money. (often + to) …   New idioms dictionary

  • go cap in hand — come/go cap in hand British, American & Australian, American to ask someone for money or help in a way which makes you feel ashamed. I had to go cap in hand to my parents again to ask for some money. (often + to) …   New idioms dictionary

  • go cap in hand to someone — phrase to ask someone to give you something, especially money, in a way that makes you feel ashamed Thesaurus: to ask someone to give you somethingsynonym Main entry: cap …   Useful english dictionary

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