Hat in Hand

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


  • 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.   

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

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