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    Default At the drop of a hat

    Check the meaning of this idiom here.

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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    again, no cheating ...correct thanks tdol

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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    Thnx Tdol for making the idioms as easy as pie..

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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    Well, they're my cup of tea.

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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Check the meaning of this idiom here.

    thank you tdol

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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Check the meaning of this idiom here.
    G'day Tdol,
    I checked the link you supplied and found the definition given to be a little simplistic, if I am allowed to say that here.
    I mean no offence but to say that, 'At the drop of a hat' means simply 'immediately' or 'rapidly' misses the entire point of the saying.
    At the drop of a hat can mean instantly but it can also mean that a thing will happen instantly but at some time in the future.

    The full idiomatic saying is similar to, 'He will fight at the drop of a hat!'
    What this means is not that he will fight instantly or even soon. It does not mean that he will actually fight unless someone 'drops a hat' but blokes are very careful about 'dropping hats' around him.

    To drop a hat is one of the quietest and most innofensive slow gestures that a man makes.
    The hat falls slowly.
    The hat makes no noise in the falling or the landing.
    The hat damages nothing.
    A dropped hat is not thrown.
    There is nothing offensive about dropping a hat.

    A bloke who will blue at the drop of a hat is a bloke who will fight at the slightest provocation or excuse.

    To do something at the drop of a hat is to do something on a whim.
    The whim may be instantaneous or delayed but it is the whimsey aspect that the saying is trying to convey.

    See ya

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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    G'day Tdol,
    May I suggest that the definition given is less than complete and may be confusing to the leanre.
    At the drop of a hat is a fragmentary part of the more complete idiomatic saying, 'He'll blue (fight) at the drop of a hat.'

    This does not mean that he will fight without hesitation but rather that he will fight with little or no provocation.
    A dropped hat would have to be the most peacefully quiet slow motion that one could imagine of a bloke in the company of other blokes.
    The falling hat makes no sound.
    The falling hat travels quite slowly.
    The falling hat breaks nothing.
    The falling hat is not aggressive.

    A bloke who will fight at the drop of a hat will fight with no provocation and on a whim. It is this aspect of whimsy that 'at the drop of a hat' conveys not a lack of hesitation.
    I hope that I do not confuse your intent.

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    Last edited by .,,; 06-Jun-2007 at 07:42. Reason: To add content to an empty post.

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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    I think your explanation is a good one.


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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    A hat can drop even by the slightest wind - without hesitation!

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    Default Re: At the drop of a hat

    Quote Originally Posted by hemantg View Post
    Thnx Tdol for making the idioms as easy as pie..

    As enjoyable as a pie as well!

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