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wear more than one hat
To hold or function in more than one position or role simultaneously. Few know that the renowned actress wears more than one hat, splitting her time as an accomplished neuroscientist.
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wear more than one hatand wear two hats
Fig. to have more than one set of responsibilities; to hold more than one office. The mayor is also the police chief. She wears more than one hat. I have too much to do to wear more than one hat. He wears two hats; he's both CEO and chairman of the board.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
wear two hats (more than one hat), to
To play two (or more) roles; to hold two different positions. This expression alludes to the hats of two different uniforms. The practice is ancient, and Gilbert and Sullivan made glorious fun of it in The Mikado in the person of Pooh-Bah, who holds practically every office in the town of Titipu. The term dates from the mid-nineteenth century. A 1972 issue of the Village Voice stated, “I wear two hats. Are you asking me this question as president of the Bartenders’ Union or as chairman of the ABC?”
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