What’s the meaning of “Fare tanto di cappello”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Fare tanto di cappello along with its pronunciation. If you want to show your appreciation, this expression is for you!

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Fare tanto di cappello

Meaning of the idiom

Fare tanto di cappello can be literally translated as “to do so much of a hat”. Its meaning is the same as the English expression hats off to someone, so it’s used to congratulate people on a job well done.

Linguistically speaking, it can be broken down into…

  • fare, to do
  • tanto, much
  • di, preposition of
  • cappello, hat

This expression is also found as tanto di cappello!, which is an exclamation that means hats off to you.

two friends celebrating

For example, you could say…

Ti sei classificato primo all’esame? Tanto di cappello!
Did you rank first in the exam? Hats off to you!

Hai scritto un bellissimo saggio. Ti faccio davvero tanto di cappello.
You have written a beautiful essay. I really take my hat off to you.

Pronunciation of Fare tanto di cappello in Italian

Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.

Fare tanto di cappello.
Hats off to someone.
Literally: To do so much of a hat.

If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

Where does Fare tanto di cappello come from?

In the early 1900s, gentlemen would take off their hats when meeting a known face on the street. This was done to show respect, rispetto.

boy paying respect

When you congratulate someone, it’s as if they’ve earned your respect, so you take your hat off.

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Fare tanto di cappello!

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