v.— «Q: My neighbor has butchered his trees. He had hired someone who pruned off all the branches and leaves. Isn’t this harmful, not to mention ugly?…A: Yes, it’s a quite harmful to the tree’s long-term health. It’s commonly called “hat-racking.”» —“Hat-racking is harmful, illegal” by Adrian Hunsberger Miami Herald (Florida) Dec. 11, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. zog says:

    I am originally from Miami and have heard this word since the sixties. Usually hat-racking is done in preparation for a hurricane. Usually by the same people who crowd the hardware stores buying masking tape.

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