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See also: hattrick and hat-trick




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.


hat trick (plural hat tricks)

  1. (cricket) Three wickets taken by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
  4. (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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