eat your hat

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.
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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.
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Well, next time you're cooking up a quick pasta, you can eat your hat.