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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, tricorn (def 2).
Idioms
2.
knock into a cocked hat, Informal. to destroy completely; render unachievable.
Origin of cocked hat
1665-1675
1665-75; cock2 + -ed2
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  • He looks very impressive, with his cocked hat and marshal's baton.

    Thomas Hardy's Dorset Robert Thurston Hopkins
  • I'll do it if the beadle follows in his cocked hat; not else.

  • Won't the Count look handsome with lace ruffles and gold braid all over his chest and coat-tails, and a cocked hat.

    John Marvel, Assistant Thomas Nelson Page
  • Made me s'mad I took a club an' knocked that biler into a cocked hat.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • All these things Dickory thought of, and he picked up his cocked hat whenever it dropped.

    Kate Bonnet Frank R. Stockton
  • As he was hurriedly leaving his cabin he called for his cocked hat.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • That was it—the youth of these two had knocked his conceit into a cocked hat.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • I replied that I had neither dirk nor cocked hat, although I had applied for them.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • If there's anything I abhor, it's playing flunkey in a cocked hat and a policeman's uniform.

  • Yes, I was thinking what a popinjay I should look in a cocked hat.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for cocked hat

cocked hat

noun
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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Slang definitions & phrases for cocked hat

cocked hat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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