eat (one's) hat

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eat (one's) hat

A humorous action that one will allegedly take if something very unlikely happens. Kevin is always late, so if he actually shows up on time, I'll eat my hat.
See also: eat, hat

eat one's hat

Fig. a phrase telling the kind of thing that one would do if a very unlikely event really happens. If we get there on time, I'll eat my hat. I'll eat my hat if you get a raise. He said he'd eat his hat if she got elected.
See also: eat, hat

eat one's hat

Declare one's certainty that something will not happen or is untrue. This hyperbolic expression almost always follows an if-clause, as in If he's on time, I'll eat my hat, that is, "I'll consume my headgear if I'm wrong." Charles Dickens used it in Pickwick Papers (1837): "If I knew as little of life as that, I'd eat my hat and swallow the buckle whole." [First half of 1800s]
See also: eat, hat

eat your hat

mainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you say that you will eat your hat if a particular thing happens, you mean that you do not believe that it will happen. I will eat my hat if the Social Democrats get in at the next general election. He has promised to eat his hat if he is wrong.
See also: eat, hat

I’ll eat my ˈhat!

(spoken) used to say that you think something is very unlikely to happen: They’re always late — if they get here before eight o’clock, I’ll eat my hat.
See also: eat
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And if Puel can get him firing again then I will be more than happy to eat my hat.
If you can find 150,000 people willing and able, I'll eat my hat.
If I see one within the said time I shall eat my hat.
She went on to reveal that when she told Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate of the airline's intention--and timescale--he replied: "You know Carolyn, they're never going to do it, and if they do, I will eat my hat.
IF we make truly positive changes in the way our habits are decimating the environment then I will eat my hat.
I will eat my hat if we don't sign up something in Thailand by the end of the year," he tells TTN on the sidelines of the launch of The Enchanted Island Resort in the Seychelles, adding that the new property, which JA will manage is "simply fabulous".
I'm pretty sure that this will turn out to be a cribellate construction, although I may have to eat my hat.
If Parliament's new measures succeed I'll eat my hat, Their policies aren't working and that is simply that.
To be perfectly honest, I'll eat my hat if he gets beaten today - he might be short odds but he'll win.
I just didn't see it happening - to the point that I said on the Three Legends show on Real Radio that I would eat my hat if Mason Bennett started at the Riverside.
I said I would eat my hat if a woman from the over 25s ever won the X-Factor, it's just not going to happen because of the audience demographics.
If it's not ready by then, "I will eat my hat," he told a group of vendors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Friday.
I can't remember if it was "Halo" or "Diva" Christopher Owens talked about incessantly--I get four letter, one-word title Beyonce songs confused--but, using context clues, I'll eat my hat if it wasn't "Halo.
Manchester United aren't near the top four at the moment tenth but if the season finishes like that I'll eat my hat.