at the drop of a hat

This page is about the idiom at the drop of a hat.

Meaning: If you do something at the drop of a hat, you do it immediately, without preparation or planning.

For example:

  • I'd quit my job at the drop of a hat if I didn't have a family to support.

  • Lee: You can't just go running off to some beach resort at the drop of a hat whenever you feel like it. Kim: Why not?

Quick Quiz:

Jenny changes jobs at the drop of a hat

a. after months of careful planning

b. and takes ages to make up her mind

c. whenever she gets a good offer

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Contributor: Matt Errey