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In your hat

Posted by Smokey Stover on November 20, 2007

In Reply to: In your hat posted by Arthur Ernst on November 19, 2007

: In some of the movies in the 30's (one does not come to mind now) the poor oaf would say to someone of prestige or money...."in your hat" What does it mean?

It has been a long time since I've heard this, but I'd guess something like "like hell, you say!" But I haven't seen any movies from the '30s recently. I suspect the expression conveys either defiance or skepticism. Does it work with "Screw you"?