''At the Drop of a Hat' | Phrase Definition, Origin, & Examples
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At the Drop of a Hat


When you use the expression ‘At the Drop of a Hat’ you mean that something is
happening instantly, without any delay.

Example of use: “We’re all packed and ready to go; we can leave at the drop of a hat.”

Interesting fact

The phrase ‘at the drop of a hat’ originates in the 19th century. During that time it was common to signal the beginning of a fight or race by either dropping a hat or sweeping it in a rapid downward motion.