Meaning of throw one's hat in the ring in English:

throw one's hat in the ring

(also throw one's hat into the ring)

phrase

  • Express willingness to take up a challenge.

    ‘he has resisted the temptation to throw his hat in the ring and do both jobs simultaneously’
    • ‘Never being one to turn down a new challenge, Larry threw his hat into the ring as a candidate for the position, and he was hired for the job.’
    • ‘Last year he surprised many by throwing his hat in the ring to contest the chair against Queenan and came close to causing an upset.’
    • ‘It's not at all clear to me that he can push these other contenders from the field simply by throwing his hat into the ring.’
    • ‘Undeterred, Danesh threw his hat in the ring once more by entering the Pop Idol competition last autumn.’
    • ‘I sincerely hope that he throws his hat into the ring and if he does, I will support him.’
    • ‘All will be revealed on Friday night September 17 when the two heavyweights as well as many more local protagonists will be throwing their hat into the ring and vying for the coveted title.’
    • ‘Everyone is throwing their hat in the ring because this is the last chance to do a deal.’
    • ‘However he is not throwing his hat into the ring for the provincial vice chair.’
    • ‘But he made clear yesterday that he will not be throwing his hat in the ring.’
    • ‘It seems she is seriously considering throwing her hat in the ring.’
    compete for, contend for, vie for, challenge for, fight for, fight over, battle for, struggle for, tussle for