hat in hand

adverb

Definition of hat in hand 

: in an attitude of respectful humility have to go hat in hand to apologize

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Examples of hat in hand in a Sentence

he was forced to apologize hat in hand for the offensive comment

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As The Sun reports, Markle was forced to keep her hat in hand for the entire match, rather than using it to block out the blazing London sun, in order to abide by royal protocol. Andrea Park, Allure, "Why Meghan Markle Had to Carry Her Hat and Not Wear It at Wimbledon," 16 July 2018 With his hat in hand, Mr. Silver then walked down the block. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Sheldon Silver Is Convicted in 2nd Corruption Trial," 11 May 2018 Year after year, the district has gone, hat in hand, to Council, asking it to fill a looming budget gap caused by a structural deficit. Philly.com, "Council asks Hite: Why do we need a tax increase to pay Philly schools' bills now?," 9 May 2018 So here are here, hat in hand, to ask a favor: Please stop trying to copy the president’s diet. Ashwin Rodrigues, Fortune, "Satire: Trump's Health Report Spurs Burger-Based Diet Craze," 20 Jan. 2018 When Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama came hat in hand to Capitol Hill last month to ask his state's senior Republican for help raising money, Sen. Richard C. Shelby had a blunt reply. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Shelby: 'It's not 1840 or 1964. Alabama is cutting edge'," 11 Dec. 2017 The statue, sculpted by Virginia artist Edward Valentine, depicts Lee wearing his Confederate uniform and carrying a hat in hand, signs of the humility and noble surrender that Lee loyalists claimed were his greatest trait and accomplishment. Cynthia Greenlee, Smithsonian, "A Senator Speaks Out Against Confederate Monuments… in 1910," 18 Oct. 2017 There’s this old narrative of entrepreneurs going hat in hand begging VCs for money. Tomio Geron, WSJ, "How Blockchain and ICOs Are Changing the Funding Game for Startups," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hat in hand

1821, in the meaning defined above

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