at the drop of a hat

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - at the drop of a hat

"at the drop of a hat"

immediately or suddenly without needing an excuse or reason


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at the drop of a hat

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What's with that big red folder you are always updating?

Colleague 2:  That folder contains all the most pertinent data on our top customers. You never know when you could be suddenly called with an issue with a customer and I like to be prepared.

Colleague 1:  So you are ready to go at the drop of a hat?

Colleague 2:  A customer calls with a problem. I grab the folder and I have everything I need to take care of the customer.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at the drop of a hat

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I don't know what is going on with my wife. One minute she is laughing and then at the drop of a hat, she's angry and upset.

Friend 2:  Does something happen which causes her to cry? Do you provoke her in some way?

Friend 1:  No. I don't say anything and nothing happens. She just gets angry for no discernible reason.

Friend 2:  Sounds like hormones. Maybe she is pregnant.

at the drop of a hat - Usage:


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at the drop of a hat - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for at the drop of a hat.

at the drop of a hat - Examples:

1)  ... and being available for me whenever I wanted -- at the drop of a hat, he would shun everything and come running the moment ...

2)  ... has a habit of changing your warehouse on you at the drop of a hat. You can start the year with one warehouse (for standard items) and ...

3)  ... who will go into attack mode at the drop of a hat.

4)  ... how can you not love someone who makes you laugh at the drop of a hat?

5)  ... has trouble following a conversation, falls asleep at the drop of a hat, has serious reaction time issues and yet he is still driving.

6)  Many other schools will call out police officers at the drop of a hat. In the classrooms of America today, if you burp in class, ...

7)  ... he sees someone dealing drugs, he'll call 911 at the drop of a hat.

8)  Do you think Israelis like to go to war at the drop of a hat, out of sheer bloody mindedness? What an idiotic argument.

9)  ... to be soberly and carefully considered and not entered into at the drop of a hat.

10)  ... your employment in an economy where workers can be fired at the drop of a hat.

11)  ... happy, well-fed, and fulfilled people don't riot at the drop of a hat. Only in places with a nearly bottomless well of disaffection and anger can a ...

12)  I just could not perform at the drop of a hat, which is how I still think of class participation.

13)  ... is an actress so I'm sure she can cry at the drop of a hat.

14)  His sister explodes at the drop of a hat. The discussion won't even involve her and she will end up screaming, ...

15)  ... no tenure in the job. You could lose it at the drop of a hat.

16)  They will, however, at the drop of a hat, fire anyone who challenges their ideas and actions.

17)  ... a real fear of not having the answers ready at the drop of a hat, especially in front of the customer.

18)  His mood can go from good to raging mad at the drop of a hat. And he has no higher authority I can complain to when I'm harassed.

19)  He can't just make up information at the drop of a hat, at least without exposing himself potentially to libel thus being sued for it.

20)  I can tell a story at the drop of a hat. It takes hard work to write a novel.