Definition of hat trick
1 : the retiring of three batsmen with three consecutive balls by a bowler in cricket
2 : the scoring of three goals in one game (as of hockey or soccer) by a single player
3 : a series of three victories, successes, or related accomplishments scored a hat trick when her three best steers corralled top honors — People
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It may surprise some people to learn that the term "hat trick" as it relates to sports actually originated in British cricket. A bowler who retired three batsmen with three consecutive balls was entitled to a new hat at the expense of the club to commemorate this feat. Eventually, the phrase was applied to a single player scoring three goals in any goal sport and later to three victories or successes in sports as different as horse racing and golf. The phrase finally broadened to include a string of three important successes or achievements in any field.
Origin and Etymology of hat trick
probably from the former practice of rewarding the feat with the gift of a hat
First Known Use: 1877
HAT TRICK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hat trick for English Language Learners
: three goals scored by one player in a game of ice hockey, soccer, etc.
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