into a cocked hat

Definition of into a cocked hat

old-fashioned, informal

  1. 1 US :  into a state of confusion, ruin, etc. The discovery has knocked/thrown all our old assumptions into a cocked hat.

  2. 2 British —used to say that one person or thing is much better than another The old design was good, but this new one knocks/beats it into a cocked hat.

Word by Word Definitions

cockplay cocked
  1. :  the adult male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) :  rooster

    :  the male of birds other than the domestic chicken

    :  woodcock

  1. :  strut, swagger

    :  to turn, tip, or stick up

    :  to position the hammer (see 1hammer 2b(2)) of a firearm for firing

  1. :  tilt, slant

  1. :  a small pile (as of hay)

  1. :  to put (as hay) into cocks

  1. :  a covering for the head usually having a shaped crown and brim

    :  a distinctive head covering worn as a symbol of office

    :  an office, position, or role assumed by or as if by the wearing of a special hat

  1. :  to furnish or provide with a hat

    :  to make or supply hats

Seen and Heard

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clearly seen through or understood

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