cap in hand


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cap in hand

A phrase used to describe a request for help, often monetary, that is made with embarrassment. My daughter recently came cap in hand for help paying her rent.
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cap in hand

see under hat in hand.
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cap in hand

humbly asking for a favour.
To have your cap in your hand, and therefore to have your head uncovered, is a mark of respect and also of subordination. The idea of a cap as a begging bowl into which coins can be dropped may also be present. A North American version of this expression is hat in hand .
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cap in hand

Humbly or submissively.
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