black hat

black hat = white hat

used in reference to the bad {or good) party in a situation

This idiom refers to the colour of the hats traditionally worn by the bad (or good) characters in cowboy films.


be all hat and no cattle

tend to talk boastfully without acting on your words - US informal

keep something under your hat keep

something a secret

pass the hat round

collect contributions of money from a number of people for a specific purpose

pick something out of a hat select

something, especially the winner of a contest, at random

pull one out of the hat

bring off an unexpected trick in an apparently desperate situation

The image here is of a rabbit pulled out of a magician's hat.

1971 - James McClure - The Steam Pig - I must say you've really pulled one out of the hat this time.

take your hat off to

state your admiration for someone who has achieved something – British

throw your hat into the ring

indicate willingness to take up a challenge or enter a contest

1998 - Times - We have been anticipating that South Africa would throw its hat into the ring for some time and have a high regard for the candidacy.

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