take one's hat off to

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take one's hat off to

Also, take off one's hat to. Express one's admiration, as in I take off my hat to youyou've done very well indeed. [Mid-1800s] Also see hats off to.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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