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doff (verb) take off (especially a hat).
When you doff, you remove your hat to show your respect for someone. People doff their hats to you if to show their respect for you they remove their hats.
- In view of his age, successful career, and vast experience, everyone doffed and stood with their hats in their hands, as he walked past them.
- The manager was angry as the senior assistant in the office failed to doff at her sight, and talked to her with his hat on.