Hat in Hand

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To apologize or act humble, to ask for a pardon or a favor

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  • There was a time when people asked for money by having container in hands. They often used hat instead of a container. Taking off your hat for someone shows your respect for him/her. So a person who has his hat in hand is showing respect to be pardoned or favored by next person.   
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I asked hundreds of times to lend some money with hat in hand, but Sara didn’t give a penny.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Hat in Hand':

hat in handWith humility; in an apologetic or self-effacing fashion.
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sombrero en mano

chapéu na mão

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    Alex
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    Karen
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    Veena
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