throw one's hat in the ring

throw one's hat in the ring

Also, toss one's hat in the ring. Announce one's candidacy or enter a contest, as in The governor was slow to throw his hat in the ring in the senatorial race. This term comes from boxing, where throwing a hat in the ring formerly indicated a challenge; today the idiom nearly always refers to political candidacy. [c. 1900]
See also: hat, ring, throw
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Although today it usually applies to candidates for political posts, the term to throw one's hat in the ring comes from the early days of boxing when a hat tossed into the ring was a challenge to a fighter.