take off (one's) hat (to someone or something)

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take off (one's) hat (to someone or something)

To praise, salute, congratulate, or pay tribute to someone or something. We all take off our hats to Janet for her recent promotion. I take off my hat to that organization for providing help when no one else does.
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take off one's hat (to someone)

Fig. to offer praise for someone's good accomplishments. I have to take off my hat to Mayor Johnson. She has done an excellent job. Yes, we all ought to take off our hats. She is our best mayor ever.
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Fr Huddleston had taken off his hat to greet Tutu's mother, which in apartheid-run South Africa was almost unheard of.
But if the Coventry-born 29-year-old has taken off his hat to the many hands making light work, he has also warned a whole lot more of the same - himself included - will be necessary at Kingston Park tomorrow (kick-off 1pm).