Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

at the drop of a hat

at the drop of a hat
Meaning(s)
1) immediately and with little provocation
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • get angry at the drop of a hat
  • Analysis
    The expression 'at the drop of a hat' means to be quick to act or do something. This idiom is used to refer to being quick to help somebody or to express an urgent desire to do something. However, it typically has negative connotations, often relating to an irrational demand or an emotional overreaction. It is common in both a social and professional context, and is similar to the phrases 'at a moment's notice,' and 'in a heartbeat.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I find it very difficult talking to Anna. She takes offence at the drop of a hat.
    2. Children can be very hard to handle, particularly ones that cry at the drop of a hat.
    3. I know that if I'm ever in trouble, my friend would be there for me at the drop of a hat.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. My dream is to work for that company. If they offered me a job I would take it at the drop of a hat!
    2. Our boss is far too demanding. She expects us to be able to do things at the drop of a hat.
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