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high hat (n.)

1839, "tall hat;" also used synechdochically for men who wear such hats; figurative meaning "swelled head" is from 1923. Drum set sense is from 1934.

updated on July 28, 2015

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Definitions of high hat from WordNet

high hat (n.)
cymbals that are operated by a foot pedal;
Synonyms: high-hat cymbal
high hat (n.)
a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur;
Synonyms: dress hat / opera hat / silk hat / stovepipe / top hat / topper / beaver
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