hat in hand

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hat in hand

"hat in hand"

with humility


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hat in hand

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  This new system of financial control is driving me crazy.

Colleague 2:  Why is that?

Colleague 1:  Every time I need to buy a box of paper clips or a ream of paper, I have to go to the boss, hat in hand, and justify the expenditure.

Colleague 2: I agree that it can be a bit of a humbling experience.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hat in hand

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is married life?

Friend 2:  I am starting to regret the decision to be a stay-at-home wife.

Friend 1:  Why is that?

Friend 2:  Because I have no money of my own, I always feel like I need to go hat in hand to my husband to ask for anything. It feels humiliating.

hat in hand - Usage:


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hat in hand - Gerund Form:

Going hat in hand to the boss for a raise puts you in a poor bargaining position.

hat in hand - Examples:

1)  Will it comply with accessible building standards; pass inspection? Should I go hat in hand and beg a free building course from the nearest education facility?

2)  Already Citigroup has been forced to go to Dubai hat in hand and ask for billions in cash.

3)  ... the era where the public was beholden to them and you went to the bank hat in hand.

4)  Top state officials have gone hat in hand to the administration, armed with dire warnings of ...

5)  ... Canadian Tour had and running up $700,000 in debts which meant he had to go hat in hand to the PGA Tour to bail it out.

6)  BTW if my EUM was to show up on my doorstep tomorrow hat in hand.... I would close the door in his face.

7)  The senior partners were forced to go hat in hand to Wall Street rival Shearson, which bought them out.

8)  So, meekly, with hat in hand close to my heart, I have to say to all that ...

9)  In fact, the UN must come hat in hand to the U.S. every time it determines to send peace keepers into some new ...

10)  They could not go hat in hand to those who had already chipped in to help.

11)  ... that a Paul Administration would freeze out the crony capitalists who go to Washington, hat in hand, looking for special favors.

12)  ... at the Federal Reserve Bank for the issuance of coins alone. It must go hat in hand to taxpayers and bond buyers for the balance of its revenue.

13)  You shouldn't be submitting resumes to other companies, hat in hand so to speak, worried they won't be interested because of your ...

14)  The company has to go hat in hand to these commissions to ask for rate increases; they usually get them ...

15)  we'll have to go hat in hand to global lenders like any other banana republic in search of a higher ...

16)  Until we stop going hat in hand and begging for our rights, Corbett and his ilk like Nutter and ...

17)  ... mismanaged businesses come hat in hand to try and cadge bailout bucks from Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

18)  You don't see the oil companies having to go hat in hand for the oil depletion allowance every two years, do you?

19)  And the SEC, unlike banking regulators, has to go hat in hand to Congress for budget approval.

20)  Does it bother you that America has to go hat in hand to Russia begging for rides because NASA was so inept they could not ...