at the drop of a hat

at the drop of a hat
phrasal
: as soon as the slightest occasion is given : readily or promptly

he would blush at the drop of a hat

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at the drop of a hat
1. Immediately
2. On the smallest provocation
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Main Entry:drop

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at the drop of a hat phrase
immediately, or in a way that shows that you have no doubts about doing something

You can’t just resign at the drop of a hat.

Thesaurus: happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediatelysynonym
Main entry: drop

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informal without delay or good reason

he used to be very bashful, blushing at the drop of a hat

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at the drop of a hat
: very quickly and immediately

He says he's ready to help us at the drop of a hat.

She loses her temper at the drop of a hat.

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Main Entry:drop
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at the drop of a hat — see drop, 1
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Main Entry:hat

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at the ˌdrop of a ˈhat idiom
immediately; without hesitating

The company can't expect me to move my home and family at the drop of a hat.

Main entry:dropidiom

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