cap in hand

cap in hand

humbly asking for a favour

To have your cap in your hand and therefore to have your head uncovered is a mark of respect and also of subordination. The idea of a cap as a begging bowl into which coins can be dropped may also be present. A North American version of this expression is hat in hand.

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if the cap fits wear it

used as a way of suggesting that someone should accept a generalized remark or criticism as applying to themselves.

Early examples of this saying show that the cap in question was originally a fool's cap. The variant
if the shoe fits, wear it is also found, mainly in North America.

set your cap at

try to attract as a suitor - dated

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