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

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

To announce that one is going to be competing with others, especially in a political election. I'm thinking about throwing my hat in the ring for class president! As has been widely predicted, yesterday the governor threw his hat into the ring for the presidential election next year.
See also: hat, ring, throw

throw one's hat in the ring

Also, toss one's hat in the ring. Announce one's candidacy or enter a contest, as in The governor was slow to throw his hat in the ring in the senatorial race. This term comes from boxing, where throwing a hat in the ring formerly indicated a challenge; today the idiom nearly always refers to political candidacy. [c. 1900]
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throw your hat into the ring

mainly BRITISH or

throw your hat in the ring

If you throw your hat into the ring or throw your hat in the ring, you become one of the people taking part in a competition or contest. She lost the nomination after Kinkel threw his hat into the ring at the last moment. Jimmy Elsby, another assistant general secretary, is expected to throw his hat in the ring. Note: People sometimes use cap instead of hat. He said straightaway that he would play. I am delighted that he has decided to throw his cap into the ring. Note: Other verbs are sometimes used instead of throw. Denmark's Morten Olsen has put his hat into the ring to succeed Richard Moller Nielsen as national team coach. Note: In the past, prize fighters at showgrounds used to challenge people to fight them. Someone who was willing to accept the challenge would throw their hat into the ring.
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throw your hat in (or into) the ring

indicate willingness to take up a challenge or enter a contest.
1998 Times We have been anticipating that South Africa would throw its hat into the ring for some time and have a high regard for the candidacy.
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throw your ˈhat into the ring

announce officially that you are going to compete in an election, a competition, etc: Another candidate has now thrown his hat into the ring for the elections later this year.
See also: hat, ring, throw
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Wang has earlier indicated he would throw his hat into the ring. On Wednesday afternoon, offices of KMT legislators began to receive calls from Wang's office, inviting the party's legislators to attend the Mar.
No doubt when Mrs May quits her present position, Boris will - unfortunately - throw his hat into the ring.
Gatland is also set to call time on Wales after the 2019 World Cup, fuelling speculation he could throw his hat into the ring to become Hansen's successor.
That was officially finalised on Saturday morning but Carver felt unable to go public until the matter was sorted, despite telling the Newcastle players his plan to 'throw his hat into the ring.' .' Carver, who believes the St James' Park job will be that of a head coach rather than a manager, said: "Alan has gone now, it's been announced."At the time when all that is going on it's difficult to say how you feel, but obviously deep down inside I want to be head coach of this football club.
FORMER children's secretary Ed Balls is set to become the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring to succeed Gordon Brown as Labour leader.
Mucho amusement over the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring for the position of New York mayor.
Ronnies Champion runs well here, but needs to be more alert at the traps if he is going to throw his hat into the ring. Jeddies Liberty is unexposed and clearly has the potential to make up into a decent sort whatever his fate here.
Wexford's 1996 All-Ireland winner George O'Connor is the hot favourite - but Kelly is prepared to throw his hat into the ring.
ONE potential TD for the future is young RTE Radio Sports Presenter Barry O'Neill who has decided to throw his hat into the ring to contest the forthcoming local elect-ions in Donegal for Fine Gael.
Shadow Defence Secretary Iain Duncan Smith also said that he had not yet decided whether to throw his hat into the ring.
IBF light-heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver has become the latest fighter to throw his hat into the ring for a showdown with the in-demand Joe Calzaghe, claiming he is willing to fight the Welshman "wherever he wants".
Colin Todd is the latest name to throw his hat into the ring for the vacant manager's position at Hartlepool.
However, boosted by the backing of this year's skipper Sam Torrance, Woosnam now looks set to throw his hat into the ring for America in two years' time.
He was invited by the club to throw his hat into the ring - and is now poised to take over.