be picked out of a hat

be picked out of a hat

If a name or an entry in a competition is picked out of a hat, it is chosen randomly, often by choosing a piece of paper from a container, so that each one has an equal chance of being chosen or winning. All you have to do to win is answer this question correctly and hope you get picked out of the hat. Note: Other verbs, such as draw or pull, are sometimes used instead of pick. The first 10 correct entries drawn out of the hat will win a pair of tickets, worth £20 each.
See also: hat, of, out, picked