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cocked hat

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).
knock into a cocked hat, Informal. to destroy completely; render unachievable.
Origin of cocked hat
1665-75; cock2 + -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • So, then he of the tight coat and cocked-hat was a king—King “Dingo Bingo!”

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
  • First, let me beg of you not to be persuaded into adopting a cocked-hat.

  • Never mind about giving him a cocked-hat, for with whom may you take a liberty, if not with an ancestral ghost of your own?'

    The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Dr. Grimstone examined the cocked-hat through his double eyeglasses, with a heavy thunder-cloud gathering on his brows.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • Probably a fat man in red breeches and polished boots, wearing a cocked-hat and a cross on his breast.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • More than once she was on the point of asking help or advice from the cocked-hat officials at the doors, but she was afraid.

    Grandmother Dear Mrs. Molesworth
  • She, poor darling, was proud of the conceit of being married, and pleased with the gold lace and cocked-hat of the young sailor.

  • They wear a variety of head-dresses, turban, Salacot or a kind of cocked-hat and feathers.

  • She held a cocked-hat note in her hand,—Kathie is great on cocked-hat notes and paper lamplighters.

    We Ten Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • You would be perfectly charming in a red wig and a cocked-hat, and a checked ulster with purple and green shadows in the folds.

British Dictionary definitions for cocked-hat

cocked hat

a hat with opposing brims turned up and caught together in order to give two points (bicorn) or three points (tricorn)
(slang) knock into a cocked hat, to outdo or defeat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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