into a cocked hat

idiom

informal + old-fashioned
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.

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“Into a cocked hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/into%20a%20cocked%20hat. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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