throw one's hat in the ring

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throw (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce that one is going to be competing with others, especially in a political election. I'm thinking about throwing my hat in the ring for class president! As has been widely predicted, yesterday the governor threw his hat into the ring for the presidential election next year.
See also: hat, ring, throw

throw one's hat in the ring

Also, toss one's hat in the ring. Announce one's candidacy or enter a contest, as in The governor was slow to throw his hat in the ring in the senatorial race. This term comes from boxing, where throwing a hat in the ring formerly indicated a challenge; today the idiom nearly always refers to political candidacy. [c. 1900]
See also: hat, ring, throw
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Although that would be top trolling if she threw her hat in the ring.
HAT IN THE RING Brown wants to be SNP deputy leader
Mr Farage said he had "thrown my hat in the ring", ending months of speculation that he was lining up the Kent constituency as his target for the 2015 contest.
"I have thrown my hat in the ring, but so have others, including a top-class barrister and friend of mine.
WEST STEPHEN DOCHERTY has thrown his hat in the ring for the Pollok managerial vacancy after the departure of Willie Irvine.