hat trick


: three goals scored by one player in a game of ice hockey, soccer, etc.

Full Definition of HAT TRICK

:  the retiring of three batsmen with three consecutive balls by a bowler in cricket
:  the scoring of three goals in one game (as of hockey or soccer) by a single player
:  a series of three victories, successes, or related accomplishments <scored a hat trick when her three best steers corralled top honors — People>

Origin of HAT TRICK

probably from the former practice of rewarding the feat with the gift of a hat
First Known Use: 1877


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