(with) hat in hand

(with) hat in hand

In a meek or submissive manner. (The removal of one's hat is typically a gesture of respect or deference.) I can't believe I have to go back to my old boss with hat in hand and ask for my job back. It's amusing seeing the governor have to grovel hat in hand before the state senate in order to get his budget requests approved.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(with) hat in hand

Fig. with humility. (Fig. on the image of someone standing, respectfully, in front of a powerful person, asking for a favor.) She stormed off but came back with hat in hand when she ran out of money. We had to go hat in hand to the committee to get a grant for our proposal.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hat in hand

Also, cap in hand. In a humble manner. For example, They went to her, hat in hand, asking for a change of assignment. This expression alludes to removing one's headgear as a sign of respect and has survived the era of doffing one's hat. [c. 1700]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hat in hand

In a humble manner; humbly.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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