come cap in hand(redirected from come hat in hand)
come cap in hand
To ask for help, often monetary, with embarrassment. My daughter recently came cap in hand for help paying her rent.
come/go cap in hand(British, American & Australian) also come/go hat in hand (American)
to ask someone for money or help in a way which makes you feel ashamed (often + to ) I had to go cap in hand to my parents again to ask for some money.