into a cocked hat

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of into a cocked hat

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

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

  2. : a distinctive head covering worn as a symbol of office

  3. : 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

  2. : to make or supply hats


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