Hats off to

Hats off to is an idiom that has been in use for over 100 years. We will examine the meaning of the idiom hats off to, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

Hats off to is an idiom that is used when expressing admiration for a job well done, praise for good work, or appreciation for a deed someone has accomplished. The expression hats off to is an accolade. The idiom hats off to is an abbreviated form of the phrase take one’s hat off to, which is also still in use. The term hats off to came into use in the 1800s, but its popularity peaked in the 1920s-1940s.

Examples

Hats off to the folks at Charles River Laboratories, which has donated $30,000 to the Lowcountry Food Bank to help feed Lowcountry neighbors who struggle with hunger. (Charleston Currents)

On view in the lower level exhibit space before and after the program will be Hats off to the Ladies, an exhibit celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage featuring accomplished Manistee women and the hats they wore and the Madsen Lumbering Dioramas. (Manistee News Advocate)

“I take my hat off to the HSE who tried to do things that no one had done previously despite a relative lack of expertise in the area.” (The Irish Examiner)