#IOTW: Idioms on clothings (1)

Hello hello, fellas! Before I start today’s session, have a look at the following images…

  1. What do you call these in English?

  2. What do you call these in English?

  3. What do you call these in English?

Answers: 1. Hat; 2. Cap; 3. Bonnet.

Now that you know what they look like, check out these idioms related to hats, caps and bonnets. It’s time for #IOTW

1. Toss/throw one’s hat into the ring. Meaning: ready to take up a challenge or enter a competition.


  • “He threw his hat into the ring and decided to do whatever it takes to win her parents’ heart.”

2. Wear many hats. Meaning: have different roles or tasks to perform, play a variety of roles.

  • “Marissa had to wear many hats to care for her children. She’s a mother, father, cook and playmate.”

3. At the drop of a hat. Meaning: immediately; without any advance notice or hesitation.

  • “The best of friends are those who are ready to help out at the drop of a hat.”

4. Keep something under your hat. Meaning: keeping something a secret and not say anything to anyone; to keep something in mind only.

  • “I’ve got something to show you, but keep it under your hat. I don’t want my boyfriend to know yet.”

5. Take one’s hat off to someone. Meaning: recognize, honor, respect or admire someone for something he/she has done.

  • “I take my hat off to the owner of the van parked in front of my house. Thanks for blocking my way. “

6. Have a bee in one’s bonnet. Meaning: to be preoccupied or obsessed with an idea; to be somewhat eccentric.

  • “We have bees in our bonnets about our upcoming book. Hopefully it’ll be a nice prize for our 3rd anniversary.”

7. Feather in one’s cap. Meaning: an honor, a reward for something they can be proud of.

  • “The overwhelming victory of the team was a feather in the cap for the new manager.”

8. Cap/hat in hand. Meaning: in very respectful manner, with humility.

  • “After the big fight, she stormed off but went back with hat in hand when she ran out of money.”

9. Pass the hat (around). Meaning: to collect donations of money from people; to ask a group of people to give money.

  • “The group has tried passing the hat to raise funds to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine.”

10. Put one’s thinking cap on. Meaning: think hard in order find an idea or solve a problem.

  • “If you put on your thinking caps, you might come up with a great idea for your final project.”

And that’s all for today, fellas! I hope you like our session today and stay tuned for more tomorrow. :D

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 11, 2013.



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