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pass the hat

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Etymology

From the practice of placing money in a hat circulated to collect funds from a small group.

Verb

pass the hat

  1. (idiomatic) To ask for money, especially from a group of people; to solicit donations or contributions.
    The organizers always end their meetings by passing the hat, reminding the participants that the group needs funds to operate.

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