hat trick


Definition of hat trick

1 : the scoring of three goals in one game (as of hockey or soccer) by a single player
2 : the dismissing (see dismiss sense 4) of three batsmen with three consecutive balls by a bowler in cricket
3 : a series of three victories, successes, or related accomplishments scored a hat trick when her three best steers corralled top honorsPeople

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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.

Examples of hat trick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maddie Massie recorded a hat trick and the Patriots defeated Northridge 4-0 in the Class 6A championship match today at the John Hunt Soccer Complex in Huntsville. Al.com Reports, al, 14 May 2022 Ronaldo played in Manchester United's recent match on Saturday against Norwich City in Premier League play, scoring a hat trick in a 3-2 victory. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 Captain Mei li Hannig recorded a hat trick to help propel the Witches (2-1) to the Northeastern Conference win. Globe Correspondent, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Apr. 2022 Hiram Ruiz had a hat trick, and Ismael Rojo scored 13 seconds before intermission. Marc Bona, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 By the time she was subbed out in the 62nd minute, the forward had notched a hat trick as the Americans pounded Uzbekistan, 9-1, to the delight of the fans who had plenty of occasions to stay warm by jumping out of their seats to celebrate goals. Adam Jardy, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2022 Lilly Kelley delivered three goals and two assists, while Olivia Orso and Lexi Dupcak each netted a hat trick, as the Bruins topped the Vikings. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2022 Morgan Geekie tacked on another goal with four seconds to play. DUCKS From the Associated Press: Timo Meier had a hat trick, Marc-Edouard Vlasic added a goal, and the San Jose Sharks defeated the Ducks 4-1 on Saturday night. Austin Knoblauchassistant Editor, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Ferreira, who last weekend became at 21 the second-youngest American to score a hat trick in Major League Soccer, made it 3-0 in the 29th minute with a 4-yard right foot shot. San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hat trick

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for hat trick

probably from the former practice of rewarding the feat with the gift of a hat

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18 May 2022

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“Hat trick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hat%20trick. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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