Words of the Week – throw my hat into the ring

Early 1900’s Boxer George Robinson (image: Library of Congress)

To throw your hat into the ring means to enter a competition.

The term originated from the sport of boxing when people would literally throw their hat into the boxing ring to challenge a fighter. Theodore Roosevelt helped evolve the definition in 1912 when he confirmed his candidacy for the US Presidency by saying, “My hat’s in the ring.”

Today, people use the saying for business as well as politics. For example, you might hear a 2nd year MBA say, “I threw my hat in the ring for that Senior Marketing position. I may not meet all of their qualifications, but you never know unless you try!”

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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