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Pass the hat

DEFINITION

Solicitation for money. Voluntary donations. Refers to an entertainer passing a hat around the room to collect tips. Also used as ‘pass the collection plate’ more specifically offer money at a church event. (Compare to Take up a collection.)

We’re out of beer, I’ll go get some, but let’s first pass the hat around to pay for it.”

 

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