Meaning of “at the drop of a hat” in the English Dictionary

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"at the drop of a hat" in British English

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at the drop of a hat

If you do something at the drop of a hat, you do it immediately without stopping to think about it:

People will file lawsuits at the drop of a hat these days.

(Definition of “at the drop of a hat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"at the drop of a hat" in American English

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at the drop of a hat

easily, with little encouragement:

I hate to speak in public, but she’ll get up on stage at the drop of a hat.

(Definition of “at the drop of a hat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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