take (one's) hat off to (someone or something)

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take (one's) hat off to (someone or something)

To praise, salute, congratulate, or pay tribute to someone or something. We all take our hats off to Janet for her recent promotion. I take my hat off to that organization for providing help when no one else does.
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take one's hat off to someone

Fig. to salute or pay an honor to someone. Good work. I take my hat off to you. I take off my hat to you! What an excellent job!
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take one's hat off to

Also, take off one's hat to. Express one's admiration, as in I take off my hat to you-you've done very well indeed. [Mid-1800s] Also see hats off to.
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take your hat off to someone

COMMON If you say that you take your hat off to someone, you are expressing admiration for something that they have done. I take my hat off to them. They've done very well. You have to take your hat off to a team that can do that. Note: You can also say hats off to someone. Hats off to them for supporting the homeless. Hats off to the newspaper for having the courage to publish the pictures. Note: People used to remove their hats as a sign of respect when they met someone.
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take your hat off to

state your admiration for someone who has achieved something. British
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take your ˈhat off to somebody

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hats ˈoff to somebody

(both especially British English) (American English usually tip your ˈhat to somebody) (informal) used for expressing admiration for what somebody has done: I take my hat off to the doctors and nurses of the hospital. They were magnificent.Hats off to you. That’s the best fish soup I’ve ever tasted.
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take (one's) hat off to

To respect, admire, or congratulate.
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The fan-assisted Falcons took their hats off to the travelling band of supporters who turned the Stadio Plebiscito into a home away from home on Saturday, (writes Nick Purewal).
FUN loving Sedgley people today took their hats off to a theatre company's The Full Monty production and slammed objectors who forced it to move from the town.
But the Pars faithful took their hats off to Robbo for offering to delay the tie by 24 hours in view of Dunfermline's hectic schedule.
"After the race, the other jockeys took their hats off to me.
STAFF at a Cardiff Primary School took their hats off to their young pupils for completing a sponsored walk.
THE Dutch took their hats off to the Green Army last night as more than 5,000 fun-loving Irish soccer fans invaded Amsterdam.
Builders took their hats off to Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer when he dropped in to see how work was going on a bar dedicated to him.
Celebrities took their hats off to the joker but society figures, including Ivana Trump, probably couldn't make head nor tail of a fish supper at the event where 6000 lobsters will be eaten.