from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hat which can be folded without injury and carried in the pocket.
  • n. Colloquially, an opera-hat.


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  • He presented rather a comical appearance, with his crush-hat on one side of his head like the leaning tower of Pisa, and a short overcoat, with his long tail-coat peeping beneath.

    The Idler Magazine, Vol III. May 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • Their hall was lighted, and as he stood in the aperture looking back at her, his tall lean figure outlined in darkness and with his crush-hat, according to his wont, worn cavalierly, rather diabolically, askew, he seemed to prolong the sinister emphasis of his meaning.

    The Golden Bowl — Complete

  • Once more, so preposterously face to face with her for these base issues, he took it all in; after which he felt his eyes close, for amazement, despair and shame, and his head, which he had some time before, baring his brow to the mild night, eased of its crush-hat, sink to confounded rest on the upholstered back of the seat.

    The Finer Grain

  • He would have liked to possess them all, and to have walked gravely at the head of a procession with his crush-hat under his arm and his breast covered with decorations, radiant as a star, amid a buzz of admiring whispers and a hum of respect.

    The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8) Boule de Suif and Other Stories

  • Mr Barclay's room, to find nothing missing, not so much as a shirt or a pair of socks, only his crush-hat, and the light overcoat from the brass peg in the front hall; and I shook my head.

    Begumbagh A Tale of the Indian Mutiny

  • Both were in evening dress, and both still wore the overcoat and crush-hat in which they had come into the club.

    Prince Fortunatus

  • "Oh, I'm very glad to hear that," said Lionel, thoughtfully; and then he went and got his light overcoat and crush-hat, and descended the wide stone-steps, and made his way home to his rooms in Piccadilly.

    Prince Fortunatus

  • If the book wishes to tell us that Harriet Shelley hired a wet-nurse, that commonplace fact gets turned into a dancing-master, who does his professional bow before us in pumps and knee-breeches, with his fiddle under one arm and his crush-hat under the other, thus: "The beauty of Harriet's motherly relation to her babe was marred in Shelley's eyes by the introduction into his house of

    In Defence of Harriet Shelley


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