tip one's cap/hat

Definition of tip one's cap/hat

1 :to touch one's hat or cap or to lift it off one's head as a way of greeting or saying good-bye to someone
  • He tipped his hat to her as she walked past.
2 used informally to say that one admires or respects someone
  • I really have to tip my hat to those people for all their hard work.

Word by Word Definitions

tip play
  1. : overturn, upset

  2. : cant, tilt

  3. : to raise and tilt forward in salute

  1. : the act or an instance of tipping : tilt

  2. : a place for depositing something (such as rubbish) by dumping

  1. : the usually pointed end of something

  2. : a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point

  1. : to furnish with a tip

  2. : to cover or adorn the tip of

  3. : to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye

  1. : to strike lightly : tap

  2. : to give (something, such as a baseball) a glancing blow

  3. : tiptoe

  1. : a light touch or blow

  1. : a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information

  2. : a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

  1. : to impart a piece of information or advice about or to

  2. : to mention as a likely candidate, prospective winner, or profitable investment : tout

  1. : to give a gratuity to

  2. : give, present

  3. : to bestow a gratuity

  1. : a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated : gratuity

cap play
  1. : a head covering especially with a visor and no brim

  2. : a distinctive head covering emblematic of a position or office: such as

  3. : a cardinal's biretta

  1. : to provide or protect with a cap

  2. : to give a cap to as a symbol of honor, rank, or achievement

  3. : to form a cap over : crown

  1. : a small amount of an illegal or legally regulated drug

  1. : capitalization

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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