hat in hand, to go/with(redirected from to go/with hat in hand)
go hat in hand to (someone)
To ask someone for help, often monetary, with embarrassment. Primarily heard in US. I guess I'll just have to go hat in hand to my parents for help paying my rent this month.
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hat in hand, to go/with
To behave submissively or obsequiously; to plead for something (pardon, a favor, and the like). The term alludes to the old custom of removing one’s hat as a sign of respect. “A man’s hat in his hand never did him any harm,” wrote Samuel Palmer (Moral Essays on Proverbs, 1710). The custom of wearing and doffing a hat has become far less common, so the term is dying out, but it is still used in diplomatic circles.
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