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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Copyright Law Is Bricking Your Game Console. Time to Fix That," 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, "Saints lobbied to fill Superdome at 35% capacity, with support from Ochsner, records show," 19 Oct. 2020 City officials hit up foundations and private donors for weeks, hat in hand. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. goes begging to fund crucial COVID-19 program that pays essential workers to quarantine," 26 Sep. 2020 This is the second time in two years that Uber has come to the court hat in hand after a tussle with the regulator. Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg.com, "Uber Official Offers Mea Culpa in Plea for London License," 16 Sep. 2020 One such scene that resonates with our pandemic moment is when Willy goes hat in hand to his employer. Los Angeles Times, "How Arthur Miller speaks to our pandemic economy in ‘Death of a Salesman’," 23 Apr. 2020 The shift broadly expanded Albany’s role in housing policy, which is why city officials go hat in hand to Albany every few years for permission to extend controls. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Charles Urstadt, Who Eased N.Y. Rent Controls, Dies at 91," 9 Mar. 2020 In the absence of a more permanent fix, Daugherty has come hat in hand to the Ways and Means Committee, which is already demanding monthly reports from him detailing the agency’s current financial condition. oregonlive, "Failing forestry: Seven months into two-year budget, forestry department is almost broke; seeks emergency infusion," 12 Feb. 2020 Longtime readers may recall my years of scoffing at the notion that the Article I branch must go hat in hand to the Article III branch to pry information from the Article II branch. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "In Impeachment’s Obstruction Dispute, Dissembling by Both Sides," 24 Jan. 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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18 Dec 2020

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“Hat in hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hat%20in%20hand. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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