hats off to

hats off to someone or something

Fig. let us salute or honor someone or something. Hat's off to Perry for planning the dinner and finding such a good band.
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hats off to

Congratulations to, as in Hats off to Claire! She's set a new record for the mile. This expression alludes to taking off one's hat as a sign of respect. [Mid-1800s]
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It's a major disruption but hats off to Alex major disruption but hats off to Alex for saving the show.
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So hats off to directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn and producer David Holmes, who accepted the award - and hats off to Hooley
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So hats off to the guy who managed that at The Empire.
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sometouch Hats off to Simcock too While all plaudits (rightly) go to Hayley Turner for her brilliant win on Dream Ahead, hats off to David Simcock for giving her the leg up in a Group 1.
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Hats off to Greg Hunt and the rest of the Believers.
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