cocked hat

cocked hat

noun
1.
a man's hat, worn especially in the 18th century, having a wide, stiff brim turned up on two or three sides toward a peaked crown. Compare bicorne, tricorne.
Idioms
2.
knock into a cocked hat, Informal. to destroy completely; render unachievable.

Origin:
1665–75; cock2 + -ed2

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cocked hat
 
n
1.  a hat with opposing brims turned up and caught together in order to give two points (bicorn) or three points (tricorn)
2.  slang knock into a cocked hat to outdo or defeat

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cocked hat

bowling game played on a standard tenpin lane with three tenpins and a duckpin ball (4-5 inches [10-12.5 cm] in diameter). The pins are set 36 inches apart at the three corners of a normal tenpin formation. Two balls are allowed per frame, and scoring is as in tenpin bowling, except that 3 instead of 10 plus the total felled with the next two balls is the maximum score per frame. Thus, a perfect game is 90 instead of 300

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