ten-gallon hat

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Recent Examples on the Web Elba, with his battered ten-gallon hat and 100-yard stare, remains a hard-nosed enigma for most of it, cagey and remote. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 1 Apr. 2021 Using those ten-gallon hats, Delos collected information and stored it in the Forge with the aim of copying human minds into host bodies, which, if successful, could effectively make those people immortal. Scott Tobias, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 There were transparent, leopard-print latex dresses with visible black thongs underneath, ten-gallon hats and Texas-size belt buckles, short shorts, and python-print pencil skirts. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2019 Segun quickly discovers that his engineering degree is as useless as his ten-gallon hat is unfashionable. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, 22 July 2019 Unemployment is persistently higher and incomes are more unequal in California than in the land of the ten-gallon hat. The Economist, 20 June 2019 Without our irrepressible divas, we’d be stuck with a bunch of preening clowns in megalithic ten-gallon hats who grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2018 After one term in Congress, he was appointed Secretary of the Interior, and arrived for his first day of work on horseback, riding down C Street in a ten-gallon hat and jeans. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 14 May 2018 See More

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Ten-gallon hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ten-gallon%20hat. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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