hats off (to someone)
A phrase used to express congratulations to someone. (The removal of one’s hat is typically a gesture of respect.) Hats off to you for getting the big promotion! A: “I managed to get the highest number of sales this quarter!” B: “Wow, hats off! That’s not easy to do!”
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hats off to someone or something
Fig. let us salute or honor someone or something. Hat’s off to Perry for planning the dinner and finding such a good band.
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hats off to
Congratulations to, as in Hats off to Claire! She’s set a new record for the mile. This expression alludes to taking off one’s hat as a sign of respect. [Mid-1800s]
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