raise (one's) hat

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raise (one's) hat

To praise, salute, congratulate, or pay tribute to someone. I must raise my hat to you for your stunning victory, Mr. President. I really have to raise my hat to the company for coming being so supportive of me and my family during this troubling time.
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raise your hat to someone

admire or applaud someone.
The image here is of the gesture of briefly removing your hat as a mark of courtesy or respect to someone.
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And when I saw Louis say good-bye to me, raise his hat to a girl of his acquaintance, and walk on with her side by side down the sidewalk, I was made excited and envious.
And the former England Under-21 starlet will raise his hat to Rangers if they appoint Mark Warburton because he feels they will have a boss to transform the club and challenge Celtic within two seasons.
Even if he was too drunk to stand he would always raise his hat to a lady!" I think I'd have got on with Bill!
Montaigne does not raise his hat to the man in his pay, whom he regards as his social inferior because of the economic relation he has with him.