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December 16, 2022 18:00
Word story – at the drop of a hat

Word story – at the drop of a hat

at the drop of a hat (phrase) – immediately, or in a way that shows that you have no doubts about doing something
Definition – Macmillan Dictionary

Когда речь заходит о действии, которое происходит мгновенно, без каких-либо промедлений, в английском языке может быть использована идиома at the drop of a hat. Фраза также может быть использована для описания чрезмерной реакции, которая может быть вызвана малейшим, самым пустяковым поводом.

Mary: "...Everyone used to say, dear, you'd cry at the drop of a hat."
Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night, 1939-41

История происхождения идиомы at the drop of a hat

Считается, что фразеологизм at the drop of a hat появился в 19 веке на западе Соединенных Штатов. Происхождение идиомы связано с обычаем американских ковбоев кидать на землю шляпу, чтобы сигнализировать о начале перестрелки, дуэли, состязания или гонки на лошадях.

По другой версии, традиция бросать головной убор на пол или на землю, была у ирландцев. Таким образом они показывали готовность начать драку.

Синонимы фразы at the drop of a hat

at once
straight away,
without any delay

Варианты перевода идиомы at the drop of a hat

сразу же,
без промедлений,
без колебаний,
в два счета,
в любую минуту,
как по команде,
без малейшего повода

Примеры употребления идиомы at the drop of a hat

The views of this African-American pit master suggest that many Americans are curious about Trump not just because he brazenly breaks the rules of political rhetoric but also because the key to tackling America’s problems, they say, requires people to stop taking offense at the drop of a hat.
Patrik Jonsson, The power of Trump’s call to free America from political correctness, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 March 2016
They also may be called out at the drop of a hat to distract the crowd if there ever is a problem or safety issue with another act.
Illana Keller, Jersey shore man runs away to join the circus, The Washington Times, 6 March 2016
Despite the old saying that boys never cry, Mymun cannot control his emotions and cries at the drop of a hat, to the annoyance of Ishika.
Jon-Mithila in “Cry Baby Cry”, The Daily Star, 22 July 2015
“He would get into fights at the drop of a hat… [he had] swallowed whole attitudes and behaviours of masculinity they’ve witnessed growing up and at this point in his life, he hadn’t really done anything to change those.”
Jack Sommers, Masculinity In Prison: The 'Mask' Men Have To Wear Behind Bars, The Huffington Post, 21 November 2015
Тема: Grammar & Vocabulary       Теги: Wordstory, Etymology

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