hats off to (someone or something)

hats off to (someone or something)

A phrase used to express congratulations to someone or something. (The removal of one's hat is typically a gesture of respect.) Hats off to you for getting the big promotion!
See also: hat, off

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.
See also: hat, off

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]
See also: hat, off