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

"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 ​filelawsuits 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)

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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)
Translations of “at the drop of a hat”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不加思索地,毫不犹豫地…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不加思索地,毫不猶豫地…
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