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(as) (something) as Dick's hatband

old-fashioned Having or exuding some trait to an extreme, perverse, or peculiar degree. Used especially with the adjectives "tight" and "queer," though others are used as well. The origin of the phrase is unknown. I think you shrunk my shirt in the wash. It's tight as Dick's hatband now! The politicians running this country are all as crooked as Dick's hatband! I felt as queer as Dick's hatband after drinking Aunt Rachel's homemade medicine.
See also: hatband

(as) fine as Dick's hatband

Very good or nice; exceptionally fine. The "Dick" in question is unknown, though rumored to be Richard Cromwell, who served as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland in the mid 17th century. Why, that dress is as fine as Dick's hatband—you look just lovely, my darling.
See also: fine, hatband

(as) queer as Dick's hatband

old-fashioned Exceptionally peculiar, strange, or abnormal. I felt as queer as Dick's hatband after drinking Aunt Rachel's homemade medicine. I had only ever seen him wearing overalls on the farm, so he looked queer as Dick's hatband in a tuxedo.
See also: hatband, queer

(as) tight as Dick's hatband

old-fashioned Exceptionally or peculiarly tight. I think you shrunk my shirt in the wash. It's tight as Dick's hatband now! It was as tight as Dick's hatband in that tiny car of his.
See also: hatband, tight

tighter than Dick's hatband

old-fashioned Exceptionally or peculiarly tight. I think you shrunk my shirt in the wash. It's tighter than Dick's hatband now! It was tighter than Dick's hatband with all of us crammed inside that tiny car of his.
See also: hatband
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*tight as Dick's hatband

Fig. very tight. (*Also: as ~.) I've got to lose some weight. My belt is as tight as Dick's hatband. This window is stuck tight as Dick's hatband.
See also: hatband, tight
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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