c.1877, originally from cricket, meaning the taking of three wickets with three consecutive balls. Allegedly, a hat trick entitled the bowler to receive a commemorative hat from his club, or alternatively it may have entitled him to pass the hat for a cash collection.
- (cricket) Three wickets taken by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
- (ice hockey, soccer) Three goals scored by one player in a game, in ice hockey usually followed by fans throwing their hats onto the rink.
- 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.