pick out of a hat

pick out of a hat
pick out of a hat select at random.
Main Entry: hat

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  • pick out of a hat — verb a) To determine by chance. That number was just picked out of a hat. b) To substitute a guess for unavailable data …   Wiktionary

  • pick someone's name out of a hat — pick/draw/someone’s name out of a hat phrase to choose someone as the winner of a competition in which everyone has an equal chance of winning, often by taking a name written on a piece of paper out of a container Thesaurus: to gamble… …   Useful english dictionary

  • draw someone's name out of a hat — pick/draw/someone’s name out of a hat phrase to choose someone as the winner of a competition in which everyone has an equal chance of winning, often by taking a name written on a piece of paper out of a container Thesaurus: to gamble… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick something out of a hat — select something at random. → hat …   English new terms dictionary

  • hat — ► NOUN ▪ a shaped covering for the head, typically with a brim and a crown. ● keep something under one s hat Cf. ↑keep something under one s hat ● pass the hat round (or N. Amer. pass the hat) Cf. ↑pass the hat round ● …   English terms dictionary

  • pick something out of a hat — select something, esp. the winner of a contest, at random …   Useful english dictionary

  • hat — [ hæt ] noun count *** 1. ) a piece of clothing that you wear on your head: She was wearing a brown fur hat. 2. ) INFORMAL one particular aspect of someone s duties or responsibilities: She has to wear several different hats (=have various… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pick — 1. v. & n. v.tr. 1 (also absol.) choose carefully from a number of alternatives (picked the pink one; picked a team; picked the right moment to intervene). 2 detach or pluck (a flower, fruit, etc.) from a stem, tree, etc. 3 a probe (the teeth,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun VERB + PICK ▪ have ▪ She had her pick of the single men. ▪ take ▪ Which do you want? Take your pick. PHRASES ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • hat */*/*/ — UK [hæt] / US noun [countable] Word forms hat : singular hat plural hats 1) a piece of clothing that you wear on your head She was wearing a brown fur hat. 2) informal one particular aspect of someone s duties or responsibilities She has to wear… …   English dictionary

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