Definition of raise one's hat in US English:

raise one's hat


  • Briefly remove one's hat as a gesture of courtesy or respect to someone.

    • ‘But I have also known a huntsman call off hounds that seemed certain to kill, and raise his hat in tribute to the stag that had given us a run to remember.’
    • ‘The famous physician, Boerhaave, had such a high regard for its manifold curative properties that it is said that he never passed an Elder without raising his hat.’
    • ‘I remember when I was first appointed a judge, a senior but disappointed member of the Bar raised his hat to me, saying: ‘I raise my hat, if not to you, at any rate to the office’.’