at the drop of a hat


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at the drop of a hat

Fig. immediately; instantly; on the slightest signal or urging. (Alludes to the dropping of a hat as a signal.) John was always ready to go fishing at the drop of a hat. If you need help, just call on me. I can come at the drop of a hat.
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at the drop of a hat

suddenly, without any planning and for no obvious reason He'd buy her expensive clothing at the drop of a hat and worry about how he would pay for it later. I hate to speak in public, but she'll get up on stage at the drop of a hat.
Related vocabulary: at a moment's notice
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at the drop of a hat

if you do something at the drop of a hat, you do it suddenly and easily, often without any preparation I can't go rushing off to Florida at the drop of a hat. We now have a situation where laws may be changed at the drop of a hat.
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at the drop of a hat

Immediately, without delay, as in We were ready to pack our bags and go on vacation at the drop of a hat. This phrase probably alludes to signaling the start of a race or other contest by dropping a hat. [Late 1800s]
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at the drop of a hat

1. Immediately; without delay: would sign the contract at the drop of a hat.
2. With only the slightest provocation: ready to argue at the drop of a hat.
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at the drop of a hat

At the slightest pretext or provocation.
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