go with hat in hand to (someone)(redirected from one went with hat in hand to)
go with hat in hand to (someone)
To ask someone for help, often monetary, with embarrassment. (The removal of one's hat is typically a gesture of deference, respect, or humility.) Primarily heard in US. I guess I'll just have to go with hat in hand to my parents for help paying my rent this month. It's amusing seeing the governor have to go with hat in hand to the state in order to get his budget requests approved.
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