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What does this idiom mean: "I'll eat my hat"?



 
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What does this idiom mean: "I'll eat my hat"? #1 (permalink) Mon Nov 15, 2004 15:08 pm   What does this idiom mean: "I'll eat my hat"?
 

Test No. incompl/advan-41 "Talking through his hat", question 6

I don't think she stands a chance in the election and if she does win, I'll ......... my hat.

(a) bite
(b) consume
(c) eat
(d) chew

Test No. incompl/advan-41 "Talking through his hat", answer 6

I don't think she stands a chance in the election and if she does win, I'll eat my hat.

Correct answer: (c) eat

Your answer was: incorrect
I don't think she stands a chance in the election and if she does win, I'll chew my hat.
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I'll eat my hat? #2 (permalink) Mon Nov 15, 2004 19:35 pm   I'll eat my hat?
 

I'll eat my hat if I'm wrong is a promise to do something impossible if you are wrong. This means, you declare absolute confidence in the correctness of your judgement.

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I'll eat my hat? #3 (permalink) Thu Jan 26, 2006 17:03 pm   I'll eat my hat?
 

Torsten wrote:
I'll eat my hat if I'm wrong is a promise to do something impossible if you are wrong. This means, you declare absolute confidence in the correctness of your judgement.

Hi Teacher:
Why I'll eat my hat? Because something almost impossible has become possible although I didn't like it; or because I'll be glad at such a good chance? In other words when one is supposed to use this idiom? when one is wishful for the success or for the defeat?
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Eat my heat #4 (permalink) Thu Jan 26, 2006 18:09 pm   Eat my heat
 

Hi,

We use this expression either to express great surprise:

Well, I'll eat my hat!

or

We use it when we want to indicate that something will never happen:

If he wins the lottery, I'll eat my hat.

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