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At the Drop of a Hat

Definition of At the Drop of a Hat

What does At the Drop of a Hat mean?

prepositional phrase

  1. [idiomatic] without any hesitation; instantly


"At the Drop of a Hat" is a musical album of Flanders and Swann.

  • released on (23 years ago)


"At the Drop of a Hat" is a musical revue by Flanders and Swann, described by them as "an after-dinner farrago". In the show, they both sang on a nearly bare stage, accompanied by Swann on the piano. The songs were linked by contemporary social commentary, mostly by Flanders. After a long London run the show played in the US, Switzerland, and on tour in Britain.


At the Drop of a Hat is a theater production.

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Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

drop at the drop of a hat informal, originally NAmer without hesitation; promptly. The phrase is probably derived from the former practice of signalling the start of a fight or race by lowering the arm holding a hat. 19th cent. George Ade Forty ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms (1993)

by Elizabeth McLaren Kirkpatrick, C. M. Schwarz

drop at the drop of a hat immediately and needing ...

Google previewDictionary Of Idioms

At the drop of a hat: Willing to do something immediately. If you would do something at the drop of a hat, you'd do it immediately. At the end of the day: This is used to mean 'in conclusion' or 'when all is said and done'. At the end of your rope: If ...

Google previewThe Dimwit's Dictionary (2006)

More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Joseph Epstein

at the drop of a hat A moribund metaphor (see page 21). at once; directly; fast; forthwith; hurriedly; immediately; instantly; momentarily; promptly; quickly; ...

Google previewMcGraw-Hill's Super-Mini American Idioms Dictionary, 2e (2007)

by Richard Spears

at the drop of a hat Fig. immediately; instantly; on the slightest signal or urging. (Fig. on the dropping of a hat as a signal.) John was always ready to go fishing at the drop ofa hat. at ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

drop at the drop of a hat without delay or good reason. informal 1991 Independent These days Soviet visas are issued at the drop of ...

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I'll talk about the Everglades at the drop of a hat. (Marjory Stoneman Douglas)
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