Pass the hat round/around - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
pass the hat round/around
pass the hat round
To collect financial donations from people. We make very little off our CDs, so please pass the hat round if you can! Everyone passed the hat round to help the Jeffersons pay for the cost of their son's treatment.
pass the hat round collect contributions of money from a number of people for a specific purpose.
pass the ˈhat round/around,
pass round/around the ˈhat (informal) collect money from a number of people, for example to buy a present for somebody: Anthony had his car radio stolen, so his friends passed the hat round and bought him a new one.