high-hat

Definitions

Construction

  • (written as high hat)
    A recessed lighting fixture that sheds its light vertically downward.
  • (written as high hat)
    A black circular tube attached to the front of a spotlight to contain the stray light around the perimeter of the beam.

Slang

  • verb to behave condescendingly or ‘high-handedly’ (towards someone). A fairly rare but long-established expression. The silent-film star Clara Bow claimed that more sedate members of the Hollywood community high-hatted her.
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