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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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British Dictionary definitions for knock into a 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 knock into a 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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Idioms and Phrases with knock into a cocked hat

knock into a cocked hat

Debunk, render useless or unbelievable. For example, His findings knocked our theory into a cocked hat. This expression alludes to a style of hat with the brim turned up on three sides—the three-cornered (tricorne) hat worn by officers in the American Revolution—giving it a distorted look. [ Early 1800s ]
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