into a cocked hat

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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 anotherThe 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 13 Jul. 2020.

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