bowler hat
   the discharge, especially prematurely, of an officer from the armed services
   What was once the standard business headgear replaces the uniform cap:
    Command in the desert was regarded as an almost certain prelude to a bowler hat. (Horrocks, 1960, writing of the British 8th Army in North Africa)
   Now also of civilian premature discharge, and as a verb:
    If Frank had been bowler-hatted and replaced by Bret... (Deighton, 1988)
   Those who receive a golden bowler are paid well for being retired or leaving early.

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  • bowler hat — bowler hats N COUNT A bowler hat is a round, hard, black hat with a narrow brim which is worn by men, especially British businessmen. Bowler hats are no longer very common. [mainly BRIT] Syn: bowler (in AM, use derby) …   English dictionary

  • bowler hat — noun count MAINLY BRITISH a DERBY hat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Bowler hat — Man wearing bowler hat in 1916. The bowler hat, also known as a coke hat, derby (US), billycock or bombin,[1] is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown originally created in 1849 for the English soldier and politician Edward Coke, the younger… …   Wikipedia

  • bowler hat — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms bowler hat : singular bowler hat plural bowler hats a hard round black hat, worn especially by businessmen in the past • Cultural note: Bowler hats are thought of as being typical of civil servants and… …   English dictionary

  • bowler hat — noun a felt hat that is round and hard with a narrow brim • Syn: ↑bowler, ↑derby hat, ↑derby, ↑plug hat • Hypernyms: ↑hat, ↑chapeau, ↑lid …   Useful english dictionary

  • bowler hat — noun A hard round black felt hat with a narrow brim; no longer commonly worn Syn: bowler, derby …   Wiktionary

  • bowler hat — /boʊlə ˈhæt/ (say bohluh hat) noun → bowler1. –bowler hatted /boʊlə ˈhætəd/ (say bohluh hatuhd), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • bowler hat — Cockney Rhyming Slang Chat Let s get together for a bowler …   English dialects glossary

  • bowler hat — derby, round felt hat with a narrow brim (British) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • BOWLER-HAT — …   Useful english dictionary

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