put (one's) hat in(to) the ring

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put (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce or make known one's intention to compete with others, especially in a political election. I'm thinking about putting my hat in the ring for class president! As has been widely predicted, the governor put his hat into the ring yesterday for the upcoming presidential election.
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hat in the ring, to put/throw one's

To enter a contest; to become a candidate in an election. This expression comes from boxing, where in the early nineteenth century the practice of throwing one’s hat into the ring indicated a challenge. “Throw in his hat, and with a spring get gallantly within the ring,” wrote John Hamilton Reynolds (The Fancy, 1820). Later the term was transferred to other kinds of challenge, particularly political ones. It was so used by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912, when he told a journalist, “My hat’s in the ring,” indicating his candidacy.
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And it was reported recently that Jimenez had told the Spanish media he has no desire to put his hat into the ring.
Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is also keen and Dermot Drummy, of Chelsea, has put his hat into the ring.
AFTER Medermit put his hat into the ring for the Champion Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday, Solwhit moved to the head of the market following his success in the Irish version.
Indeed, if he decided not to put his hat into the ring because of pressure from other AMs, then he is not doing the party in Wales any favours.
If he should decide to put his hat into the ring, he will of course face competition from the Carmarthen East and Dinfwr AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas and the Mid and West Wales AM Helen Mary Jones.: Neither can possibly have imagined when they put their names forward that Mr Jones was intent on making such a quick comeback - and are both probably spitting nails.
Mr Michael put his hat into the ring along with Cardiff West MP Rhodri Morgan.
They admitted they are searching in vain for an alternative to the former GLC leader, who put his hat into the ring yesterday.
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