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go cap in hand (to someone)
To ask someone for help, often monetary, with embarrassment. Primarily heard in UK. I don't have enough money for rent this month, so I guess I'll just have to go cap in hand to my parents.
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go cap in hand to someoneBRITISH
If you go cap in hand to someone, you ask them very humbly and respectfully for money or help. Separated from Russia and Central Asia, it had to go cap in hand to its neighbours for oil and gas. Note: The usual American expression is hat in hand. Note: The idea is of a servant or person of low rank removing their hat in the presence of someone important.
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go cap in ˈhand (to somebody)(British English) (American English go hat in ˈhand) beg for something very respectfully: I’ve run out of money, but I don’t want to go cap in hand to my father.
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