hat trickhat trick
- Sports any of various unusual feats; esp., the act by a single player in ice hockey, soccer, etc. of scoring three goals in one game
- any remarkable feat, usually one consisting of three separate but related achievements: to pull off a hat trick by writing three bestsellers
Origin of hat trickorigin, originally term in cricket: from the practice of rewarding with a new hat the feat performed by a bowler taking three wickets on successive balls
- Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey.
- Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
- Three consecutive wins or outstanding accomplishments by the same individual, such as a jockey in horse racing.
Origin of hat trickFrom the hat with which the feat was traditionally rewarded in cricket.
(plural hat tricks)
- (cricket) Three wickets taken by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
- (ice hockey) Three goals scored by one player in a game, usually followed by fans throwing their hats onto the ice.
- After Jones' hat trick, the attendents had to pick up about 75 hats from the ice.
- (sports, by extension) Three achievements in a single game, or similar, such as three consecutive wins.
- A "Gordie Howe hat trick" comprises a goal, an assist, and a fighting major penalty.
- The car salesman came home with front-row seats after turning a hat trick at work.
- (baseball, ironic) Striking out three times in one game.
- Jones got a hat trick yesterday. Let's see if he can do something today.
c.1877, originally from cricket, meaning taking three wickets with three consecutive bowls. This extended to other sports. Allegedly because it entitled the bowler to receive a hat from his club, or perhaps it entitled him to pass the hat for a cash collection.
- Alternative spelling of hat trick.