hard hat

\ usually -ˈhatfor sense 1 and, -ˌhatfor senses 1b and 2 \

Definition of hard hat 

1a : a protective hat made of rigid material (such as metal or fiberglass) and worn especially by construction workers

b : a construction worker

2 : a conservative who is intolerant of opposing views

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Cut to a montage of him in hard hat on a work site and then more shots of him at various tables talking with groups of people. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Rating the TV ads for governor: Hogan has a winner, Baker's a loser with his Baltimore pitch," 7 June 2018 Greeted by staff wearing bright orange construction vests and yellow hard hats, guests were treated to sumptuous gourmet foods and desserts, an open bar, entertainment, a photo booth, prizes and construction-themed décor. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Building a Vibrant, Homelike Community," 21 May 2018 His social media presence spans across Facebook, Instagram and the Russian social media network VKontakte, where photos of the cat, wearing a tiny hard hat, litter the channels. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Putin made a show of crossing the new Crimea bridge. But he was upstaged by a cat.," 16 May 2018 Certainly, in the history of bad marketing, their work has surpassed New Coke, and DeanFredo sending his sons to the Inglewood site in hard hats only adds to the legend. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "King James’ arrival in L.A. puts Bolts further down line," 9 July 2018 Handsome men in hard hats from the company ManscapersNY are moving large potted plants around, while others are drilling and sawing. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Tulum Comes to Canal Street, Palm Trees and All," 20 June 2018 This staged moment of corniness, complete with costumes, hard hats or signs, is the standard escape room photo. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Why escape rooms have a lock on the U.S.," 25 Apr. 2018 The giant barge near Eudora, Arkansas, was crawling with more than 150 men - many wearing yellow raincoats, some in orange life vests, all in gray hard hats. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Taming the mighty Mississippi: Troubles run deep in changing national waterway," 17 Mar. 2018 Byford, wearing a hard hat and a high-visibility vest, toured the site with a project foreman, climbing makeshift ladders, asking detailed questions about engineering sign-offs and subcontractors. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of hard hat

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of hard hat

: a hat that is worn by workers at a building site to protect their heads from falling objects

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to reject or criticize sharply

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