Hat-trick meaning

Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey.
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Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
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Three consecutive wins or outstanding accomplishments by the same individual, such as a jockey in horse racing.
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Any of various unusual feats; esp., the act by a single player in ice hockey, soccer, etc. of scoring three goals in one game.
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Any remarkable feat, usually one consisting of three separate but related achievements.

To pull off a hat trick by writing three bestsellers.

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(cricket) Three wickets taken by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
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(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.

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(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.

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(baseball, ironic) Striking out three times in one game.

Jones got a hat trick yesterday. Let's see if he can do something today.

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Alternative spelling of hat trick.
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Origin of hat-trick

  • From the hat with which the feat was traditionally rewarded in cricket
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary