(Aus.) to live by oneself in a remote area.
|‘That Pretty Girl on the Army’ in Roderick (1972) 488: When a man drops mateship altogether and takes to ‘hatting’ in the Bush, it’s a step towards a convenient tree and a couple of saddle-straps buckled together.|
|(con. 1830s–60s) All That Swagger 352: They could combine the freedom of hatting with adjacence to a home and did not make off as formerly from any community where women appeared.|