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

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

To announce or make known one's intention to compete against others for something, especially in a political race. After Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California, it seemed like all sorts of celebrities tried tossing their hats in the ring.
See also: hat, ring, toss

toss one's hat into the ring

 and throw one's hat in the ring
Fig. to announce that one is running for an elective office. Jane wanted to run for treasurer, so she tossed her hat into the ring. I won't throw my hat into the ring until the last minute.
See also: hat, ring, toss
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Both sides of that now redundant debate came up with some weird and wonderful suggestions as to who should replace Pressley and, according to the club, 50-odd candidates had tossed their hats into the ring before the Scot had cleared his desk.
NORTHBRIDGE - Five people have tossed their hats into the ring for School Committee seats.
Film banker Premilla Hoon and former British Screen topper Simon Perry have also tossed their hats into the ring.
Among the other familiar names who have tossed their hats into the ring is Fred Savage, the former ``Wonder Years'' star who headed the SAG elections committee.
I think that there are stereotypes out there about who would apply for this position, but a really diverse group of people from every point of origin - from CEO's to MBA's - have tossed their hats into the ring," said Four Points Senior Vice President Hoyt "Hops" Harper.