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.
- (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 a shower of 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, sarcastic) Striking out three times in one game.
- Jones got a hat trick yesterday. Let's see if he can do something today.