pass the hat

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pass the hat (around)

To collect financial donations from people. We make very little off our CDs, so please pass the hat if you can! Everyone passed the hat around to help the Jeffersons pay for the cost of their son's treatment.
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pass the hat (around) (to someone)

Fig. to collect donations of money from people. (Could also be literal.) Jerry passed the hat around to all the other workers. He passed around the hat to everyone. I'll pass the hat around.
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pass the hat

Ask for financial contributions, as in Let's pass the hat so we can get her a nice going-away gift. This expression alludes to the actual practice of passing a hat around a gathering, but it is also used more figuratively, as in The board decided to pass the hat again among the corporate sponsors. [Late 1800s]
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pass the hat


pass the hat around

If people pass the hat or pass the hat around, they collect money for someone or something. The United States is also passing the hat among rich countries to help to pay for our military effort. We should all pass the hat around for poor old Bernie and his charming wife. Note: The image here is of people using a hat to collect money in.
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pass the hat round

collect contributions of money from a number of people for a specific purpose.
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pass the hat

To take up a collection of money.
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He said at the time that he plans to pass the hat among his peers to raise even more money for his foundation.
In his only previous outing over the bigger obstacles, Seefood had finished third behind Pass The Hat and Dushybeag at Limerick in October.
The winner of that race, Pass The Hat, gets an 8lb penalty to a new mark of 127.
Quick, pass the hat and we'll try to find a pigeon.
Good record Arthur Moore, trainer of Home Farm, last year's Irish Grand National third, and Pass The Hat, has sent out two winners of this event in the past six years.
And last year's third Home Farm, fifth in the Paddy Power but only seventh to stable-companion Pass The Hat at Leopardstown last time, might be sent off favourite and has solid claims.
Arthur Moore, trainer of Pass The Hat "He has a good each-way chance.
And he's been in the shake-up in two competitive handicaps in Leopardstown - he was just beaten by He'llberembered in the Leopardstown Chase and, the last day, he was fourth to Pass The Hat.
Our Mick's 13-length victory in Saturday's 2m4f Grade 2 novice chase at Haydock was the highlight of a productive week for Karinga Bay, which also yielded the winners Dirty Deal and Pass The Hat.
And Paul Fahey's He'llberemembered, winner of the Leopardstown Chase in January before finishing third to Pass The Hat over the same course and distance, looks best of the Irish contenders for the Topham over the Grand National, fences.
Arthur Moore originally thought the mark given to Pass The Hat was a bit unkind before he admitted the handicapper had probably got it right.