hard hat

hard hat

noun
1.
a protective helmet of metal or plastic, especially as worn by construction or factory workers.
2.
a uniformed soldier of a regular army, as opposed to a guerrilla.

Origin:
1925–30

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hard-hat

[hahrd-hat]
noun Informal.
1.
a construction worker, especially a member of a construction workers' union.
2.
a working-class conservative.
adjective
3.
pertaining to or characteristic of hard-hats: enlisting hard-hat support for his policies.
Also, hardhat.


Origin:
1960–65

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hard hat
 
n
1.  a hat made of a hard material for protection, worn esp by construction workers, equestrians, etc
2.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) a construction worker
 
adj
3.  informal chiefly (US) characteristic of the presumed conservative attitudes and prejudices typified by construction workers

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hard hat

A working-class ultraconservative. For example, They were counting on a large number of votes from the hard hats. This term alludes to the rigid protective headgear worn by construction workers, who were noted for their conservatism during the tumultuous 1960s. [c. 1960]

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