bad hat


Definition of bad hat

slang, British
: a disreputable dissolute person : bad egg the man is a bad hat, a swindler or worse— Joyce Cary

First Known Use of bad hat

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Bad hat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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