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high hat

noun
1.
2.
Slang. table tripod.
3.
a set of high-hat cymbals.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90

high-hat

[hahy-hat] /ˈhaɪˈhæt/
verb (used with object), high-hatted, high-hatting.
1.
to snub or treat condescendingly.
adjective
2.
snobbish; disdainful; haughty.
Origin
1915-20; v., adj. use of high hat
Related forms
high-hatter, noun
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Examples from the web for high hat
  • The core and the tempo of the music are provided by the kick drums and snare drums of disco, often without the high hat.
  • The suggestion should not be misunderstood as a donning of the high hat in contemplating the new comedy.
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  • Her gloves had to be right, and she wore this high hat.
  • He wouldn't have cared much for the turkeys, had he known of the relationship, for they would have struck him as being high hat.
British Dictionary definitions for high hat

high hat

noun
1.
another name for top hat

high-hat

adjective
1.
(informal) snobbish and arrogant
verb (transitive) -hats, -hatting, -hatted
2.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) to treat in a snobbish or offhand way
noun
3.
(informal) a snobbish person
4.
two facing brass cymbals triggered by means of a foot pedal
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Word Origin and History for high hat
n.

1889, "tall hat;" also used synechdochically for men who wear such hats; figurative meaning "swelled head" is from 1923. Drum set sense is from 1934.

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Slang definitions & phrases for high hat

high-hat

adjective

(also high-hatty): his high-hat posturings/ high-hatty pretentions (1925+)

noun
  1. (also high-hatter) A person who behaves arrogantly and snobbishly; a putatively important person: a lot of lowbrows pretending to be intellectual high-hats (1925+)
  2. A set of two cymbals, the upper of which is crashed on the lower by operating a foot pedal; sock (1932+ Jazz musicians)
verb

: How come you're high-hatting me, old buddy? (1925+)


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