knock into a cocked hat








noun

  1. a man’s hat, worn especially in the 18th century, having a wide, stiff brim turned up on two or three sides toward a peaked crown.Compare bicorne, tricorn(def 2).
Idioms
  1. knock into a cocked hat, Informal. to destroy completely; render unachievable.

noun

  1. a hat with opposing brims turned up and caught together in order to give two points (bicorn) or three points (tricorn)
  2. knock into a cocked hat slang to outdo or defeat

Debunk, render useless or unbelievable. For example, His findings knocked our theory into a cocked hat. This expression alludes to a style of hat with the brim turned up on three sides—the three-cornered (tricorne) hat worn by officers in the American Revolution—giving it a distorted look. [Early 1800s]

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