go cap in hand

go cap in hand (to someone)

To ask someone for help, often monetary, with embarrassment. Primarily heard in UK. I don't have enough money for rent this month, so I guess I'll just have to go cap in hand to my parents.
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go cap in ˈhand (to somebody)

(British English) (American English go hat in ˈhand) beg for something very respectfully: I’ve run out of money, but I don’t want to go cap in hand to my father.
See also: cap, hand