toss (one's) hat in(to) the ring

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toss (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce or make known one's intention to compete against others for something, especially in a political race. After Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California, it seemed like all sorts of celebrities tried tossing their hats in the ring.
See also: hat, ring, toss

toss one's hat into the ring

 and throw one's hat in the ring
Fig. to announce that one is running for an elective office. Jane wanted to run for treasurer, so she tossed her hat into the ring. I won't throw my hat into the ring until the last minute.
See also: hat, ring, toss
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There has surely never been a more exciting time to be working in news and current affairs programming - although some networks perhaps got a little too carried away on Friday, when they cut away from their otherwise faultless Somme Centenary coverage to show Michael Gove, left, tossing his hat into the ring and his finest knives into Boris's back.
After tossing his hat into the ring for a seat on the Board of Selectmen two weeks ago, Sebastian P.
But last night he broke off from preparing the European champions' for next week's Italian job in Rome to confirm he would not be tossing his hat into the ring again.