cocked hat

Definitions

  • A Cocked Hat
    A Cocked Hat
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cocked hat hat with opposing brims turned up and caught together to form points
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cocked hat A hat with large, stiff flaps turned up to a peaked crown, thus making its form triangular; -- called also three-cornered hat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cocked hat the old-fashioned three-cornered hat, the triangular pointed hat worn as part of some full-dress uniforms: a note folded into a three-cornered shape
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Idioms

Knock into a cocked hat - If you knock something or someone into a cocked hat, you are much better.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. coc; Ice. kokkr.

Usage

In literature:

He had no great fancy for gold lace suits, but a good serviceable coat and cocked hat was more according to his taste.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
In an old print, seemingly a hundred years old, they are depicted as being lassoed by men in cocked hats and antique habiliments.
"Acadia" by Frederic S. Cozzens
He was distinguished from his companions by an old battered cocked hat, ornamented with beads.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
His cocked hat (of the antique pattern which, early in his ministry, he had imported by the dozen from Versailles) never altered in pattern.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
On his head he wore a cocked hat and wig.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
The one in the cocked hat with the gold trimmin' yonder.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
This war will knock all his inventions into a cocked hat.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Cocked hats of mothy mould!
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
Timothy put on his hat, cocked his eye at me, and left us alone.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
In vain did his fierce little cocked hat oppose its course.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
The boy puts on a paper cocked hat and plays at being a soldier.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, June 1893" by Various
The history of the Major's cocked-hat was as follows.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
He stepped aside, raising his cocked-hat; we passed him at a canter with precise salute, then spurred forward into the star-spangled night.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
They thought he was an Ogre in a cocked hat.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He was in cocked hat and with sword, and the sword of state was carried upright before him.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
If he is, that knocks my plans all into a cocked hat.
"The Search" by Grace Livingston Hill
So the eldest son cocked his hat over one ear, and off he set for the palace.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
I'll put on my old cocked hat and step along of you to Cap'n Trelawney, and report this here affair.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The dapper sergeant cocked his felt smasher hat, and turned between pleasantly smiling lips the cigar he was smoking.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Portraits of the Hero of Rosbach, with his cocked hat and long pigtail, were in every house.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
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In poetry:

The priest came panting to the shore,
His grave cocked hat was gone;
Behind him, like some owl's nest, hung
His wig upon a thorn.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Not by their rags and not by their tags,
Nor by any distinctive gown;
The same unremarkable Sunday suit
And hats cocked up and down.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
In powder, patch, and furbelow,
Cocked-hat and sword; and every one,--
Tory and whig of long ago,--
As real as in the days long done,
The courtly days of Washington.
"A Street Of Ghosts" by Madison Julius Cawein
His wig was weel pouther'd and as gude as new,
His waistcoat was white, his coat it was blue;
He put on a ring, a sword, and cock'd hat,
And wha could refuse the laird wi' a' that?
"The Laird of Cockpen" by Carolina Oliphant
The last badge of victory.
The swarm is knocked into a cocked straw hat.
Elba, Elba, bleb on the sea!
The white busts of marshals, admirals, generals
Worming themselves into niches.
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath
O, what are you dreaming, cock-hatted James Oglethorpe?
And who are the people you take in the "Anne"?
They're poor English debtors whom hard laws imprison,
And poor, distressed Protestants, fleeing a ban.
"Southern Ships And Settlers" by Stephen Vincent Benet