"They can take our lives, but they'll never take our hats"

What is the meaning of this? Is this an idiom?

  • Where did you fake this sentence from?
    – user29952
    Jul 13, 2018 at 18:48
  • 1
    user:42184 called Andrew has it in his profile-it made me a smile...
    – Nana G.
    Jul 13, 2018 at 18:58

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It's a mis-quote[reference/homage/paraphrase] of a famous movie line.
(presumably intentional for comedic effect... not that it's funny, without context ;)

They can take our lives, but they will never take our freedom.

from the movie Braveheart

[Short video clip of the specific scene at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zFAvzf0Mv0&ab_channel=Citarei ]

The movie is partly famous because of Mel Gibson's atrocious Scottish accent throughout the film.

TV Tropes - Ooh Me Accents [sic] Slipping

Late edit:
Your added comment on the OP gives it the needed context...
"user:42184 called Andrew has it in his profile-it made me a smile... – Nana Goshadze"
Every year Stack Exchange has a light-hearted "Winter Bash" contest in December... the prizes are hats for your SE avatar to wear.

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    This is the right answer. At the end of the Winter Bash they turn off the hats thingie, but I refused to let go of mine and photoshopped it onto my icon.
    – Andrew
    Jul 13, 2018 at 19:10
  • I never thought to 'take' the hat to wear for the entire year, though I do change my avatar picture for the Winter Bash duration to a different frame from the same video - one that can wear a hat more easily - i.stack.imgur.com/tL0m5.png Jul 13, 2018 at 19:27

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