eat (one's) hat

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eat (one's) hat

A humorous action that one will allegedly take if something very unlikely happens. Kevin is always late, so if he actually shows up on time, I'll eat my hat.
See also: eat, hat

eat one's hat

Fig. a phrase telling the kind of thing that one would do if a very unlikely event really happens. If we get there on time, I'll eat my hat. I'll eat my hat if you get a raise. He said he'd eat his hat if she got elected.
See also: eat, hat

eat one's hat

Declare one's certainty that something will not happen or is untrue. This hyperbolic expression almost always follows an if-clause, as in If he's on time, I'll eat my hat, that is, "I'll consume my headgear if I'm wrong." Charles Dickens used it in Pickwick Papers (1837): "If I knew as little of life as that, I'd eat my hat and swallow the buckle whole." [First half of 1800s]
See also: eat, hat

eat your hat

mainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you say that you will eat your hat if a particular thing happens, you mean that you do not believe that it will happen. I will eat my hat if the Social Democrats get in at the next general election. He has promised to eat his hat if he is wrong.
See also: eat, hat

I’ll eat my ˈhat!

(spoken) used to say that you think something is very unlikely to happen: They’re always late — if they get here before eight o’clock, I’ll eat my hat.
See also: eat
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Of course we were all so astounded that the Tories got a majority, such that top politicians were prepared to eat their hat if that happened.
Monopoly chiefs making a Teesside version of the famous board game were forced to eat their hat after losing a bet.
Limerick must first successfully negotiate a semi-final themselves of course, but every pundit in the country will eat their hat if ANTRIM get anywhere near the Munster champions.
The naysayers about this policy can eat their hats, and all the leftover sprouts.
Maybe one or two of the critics will eat their hats at the end of this season.
Hopefully we won't be hearing for a while from those who have rushed to the judgement that this year's three-year-olds are a hopeless bunch - after they have finished their humble pie they should settle down and eat their hats for pudding.