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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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British Dictionary definitions for high-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

high hat

noun
1.
another name for top hat
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Word Origin and History for high-hat

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+)


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