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What does at the drop of a hat mean?

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at the drop of a hat


When someone does something at the drop of a hat, they do it immediately at the slightest signal, without hesitation or with little encouragement or provocation.


This phrase dates back to the 1800s. During that period, it was a common practice to drop a hat to signal the beginning of a fight or race. The response to the signal was immediate and without hesitation. This swift response was transferred to the idiomatic expression: at the drop of a hat.

Here is a variation of the phrase:

- At the drop of a dime.


So many years of sacrifice and then you can leave me at the drop of a hat.
Don’t hesitate to call me if you need help. I can come at the drop of a hat.

This idiom is in the clothes category

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