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hat in hand

adverb

Definition of hat in hand

  1. :  in an attitude of respectful humility <have to go hat in hand to apologize>



Examples of hat in hand

  1. <he was forced to apologize hat in hand for the offensive comment>



1851

First Known Use of hat in hand

1851


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