take one's hat off to
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- To remove one's hat as a sign of respect to.
- (idiomatic) To praise or thank; to congratulate.
- 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 8, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 255:
- 'You will excuse me,' he said, 'but no one would believe it to look at you. I take my hat off to you. I do, indeed.
to remove one's hat as sign of respect