into a cocked hat
Definition of into a cocked hat
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
: the adult male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) : rooster
: the male of birds other than the domestic chicken
: strut, swagger
: to turn, tip, or stick up
: to position the hammer (see 1hammer 2b(2)) of a firearm for firing
: tilt, slant
: a small pile (as of hay)
: to put (hay or something similar) into small piles
: 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
: to furnish or provide with a hat
: to make or supply hats
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