hang on to your hat

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hang on to your hat

Also, hold your hat. An expression warning someone of a big surprise. For example, Hang on to your hat, we're about to go public, or Hold your hatwe just won the lottery. This expression may allude, according to lexicographer Eric Partridge, to a wild ride on a rollercoaster. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

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