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noun [countable]     hat pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a piece of clothing that you wear on your head

    She was wearing a brown fur hat.

  2. 2
    informal one particular aspect of someone’s duties or responsibilities

    She has to wear several different hats (=have various responsibilities) in her position.

    Of course, when I say this, I’m wearing my teaching hat.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    I'll eat my hat a phrase said when you are sure that something (usually an event) is unlikely to take place

    If you visit Surat, I'll eat my hat.

    If I manage to do even one closure, I'll eat my hat.

    If he comes back, I’ll eat my hat.

    Submitted by Darshi from India on 24/11/2015
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    all hat and no cattle/too much hat and not enough cattle American all talk and no action

    Let it never be said that Texas business leaders are all hat and no cattle.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 26/02/2016
  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    hang your hat on something to depend on something

    I should look for other job vacancies. I can't hang my hat on this one.

    Learning a new language is a skill you can hang your hat on

    Submitted by Darshi from India on 17/10/2016


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