pass the hat round/around

pass the hat round

collect contributions of money from a number of people for a specific purpose.
See also: hat, pass, round

pass the ˈhat round/around

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pass round/around the ˈhat

(informal) collect money from a number of people, for example to buy a present for somebody: Anthony had his car radio stolen, so his friends passed the hat round and bought him a new one.
See also: around, hat, pass, round