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hang on to your hat

Get ready for what's coming or about to happen! Hang on to your hats, everybody—we're about to see what these fireworks can do!
See also: hang, hat, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Hang on to your hat!

 and Hold on to your hat!
Fig. Get ready for what's coming!; Here comes a big shock! There is a rough road ahead. Hang on to your hat! Here we go! Hold on to your hat!
See also: hang, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hang on to your hat

Also, hold your hat. An expression warning someone of a big surprise. For example, Hang on to your hat, we're about to go public, or Hold your hat-we just won the lottery. This expression may allude, according to lexicographer Eric Partridge, to a wild ride on a rollercoaster. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: hang, hat, on
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.
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