hat in hand


Definition of hat in hand

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

Examples of hat in hand in a Sentence

he was forced to apologize hat in hand for the offensive comment
Recent Examples on the Web The Coyotes could go back to Glendale, hat in hand, and hammer out less-favorable terms. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 The giant that is Porsche Motorsports—from Le Mans prototypes to club racers—is smaller now, standing at the edge of the unknown, hat in hand. Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 June 2021 By the time Heather arrives at Ramona’s house with her Breakfast at Tiffany’s costume and hat in hand, she’s already been shunted off to the basement and is on the outs with everyone. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 25 May 2021 And having won their first game with defensive hat in hand, the Hoosiers see the sky as the limit. Jeremy Price, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2021 Rouse was coming, hat in hand, to the station's majority Black audience to plead forgiveness after a social media firestorm and calls to boycott his multistate supermarket chain erupted around his actions. Jessica Williams | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 3 Feb. 2021 Having to go to the Copyright Office every three years, hat in hand, to ask for permission to simply fix our stuff is infuriating. Kyle Wiens, Wired, 11 Dec. 2020 Last week, Cantrell came to Baton Rouge, hat in hand, to urge lawmakers to route more money to the city. Sam Karlin, NOLA.com, 19 Oct. 2020 City officials hit up foundations and private donors for weeks, hat in hand. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hat in hand

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hat in hand was in 1821

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“Hat in hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hat%20in%20hand. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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