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Shutdown the Economy at the tip of a hat

 
 
Reply Thu 8 Oct, 2020 10:39 am
Does "Shutdown the Economy at the tip of a hat" mean " Shutdown the Economy in a respectful manner"? Even so, I am still not sure what it means.

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Donald J. Trump tweeted 52m ago:
Biden will Shutdown the Economy at the tip of a hat, raise your Taxes, knock out your Second Amendment and Defund, or close, your Police. The Suburbs would be next, get ready. Also, and incredibly, PACK THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. This is not what the USA wants!!! #MAGA
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Sturgis
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Reply Thu 8 Oct, 2020 12:22 pm
@oristarA,
The easiest way to understand the phrase, tip of the hat is to think of a person tipping their hat to someone. It is done quickly without much thought.

The Trump tweet indicates that he (Trump) is advising people Mr.Biden will just close everything, raise taxes... etc. if things are not proceeding as he (Biden) sees proper.


The final words of President Trump's tweet, "not what the USA wants" indicate that he (Trump) has no respect for Mr.Biden's plans.


Please be aware, Mr.Biden has not said all of the things which the President is alleging.
oristarA
 
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Reply Thu 8 Oct, 2020 04:25 pm
@Sturgis,
I don’t seek information from the president.
Could you please use another phrase to replace “tip of the hat” so that I can understand it?
roger
 
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Reply Thu 8 Oct, 2020 05:33 pm
@oristarA,
It can mean to do something casually and without much thought. Pretty much what Sturgis said.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 8 Oct, 2020 05:37 pm
@Sturgis,
One of those differences that you don’t know about until you come across it.

We say at the drop of a hat.
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knaivete
 
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Reply Thu 8 Oct, 2020 08:15 pm
"At the drop of a hat" means without hesitation or reason whereas "the tip of a hat" is a sign of deference.

One synonym is thoughtlessly.

Trump's error is another example of Making America Grate Again.
nacredambition
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2020 12:06 am
@knaivete,
But Miss, excuse me Miss.

Does that mean that Sturgis and Roger are talking out of their hats?

Or, hold onto your hat, should I eat my hat and go hat in hand because I'm all hat and no cattle and as mad as a milliner?
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2020 01:28 am
@knaivete,
In the context of the question Trump is not saying that Biden would shut down the economy in a deferential manner. Now if you’re saying Trump was using the wrong terminology fair enough, but from the question and the answers given it would be reasonable to assume that it was a difference between American and Standard English.

Btw, tip of the hat isn’t a term used over here, it sounds archaic.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2020 02:59 am
@izzythepush,
I admit 'drop of a hat' is more common here, too.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2020 03:12 am
@roger,
Thank you, so it’s not a difference between English spoken either side of the pond, it’s a symptom of Trump’s losing battle with the English language.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2020 04:58 am
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:
I don't seek information from the president.
Could you please use another phrase to replace "tip of the hat" so that I can understand it?

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/a+tip+of+the+hat

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/at+the+drop+of+a+hat

Mr. Trump used the wrong phrase. To say what he meant to say, he should have said "at the drop of a hat".
oristarA
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2020 05:50 am
@oralloy,
It is now crystal clear.
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