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 Smith, the 46th overall pick in 2016, had not heard of a Gordie Howe hat trick until informed by teammates. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Red Wings' victory says about Givani Smith — and Anthony Mantha," 8 Feb. 2021 Pastrnak’s hat trick against the Flyers was the ninth of his career. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "David Pastrnak says confidence is the key to his incredibly fast start," 4 Feb. 2021 Lucky Artie: Going for the hat trick with three wins in a row; looks solid. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Wednesday, Jan. 21 Fair Grounds races," 20 Jan. 2021 Hanson natives Samantha and Kristie Mewis were the stars of Monday night’s US women’s soccer victory over Colombia, with Samantha turning in the hat trick and Kristie adding another goal. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has things in proper perspective, and other thoughts," 19 Jan. 2021 Burrell recorded a hat trick as the Falcons rolled to a 4-1 nondistrict victory. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "Soccer: Braylen Burrell's hat trick sparks Ben Franklin boys; Newman, Franklin girls play to 2-2 tie," 16 Jan. 2021 Gritty went big — and so did Travis Konecny in his first career hat trick. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Konecny records hat trick, leads Flyers past Penguins 5-2," 15 Jan. 2021 Tyler Bertuzzi twice halved the Blackhawks’ lead, but his second power-play conversion was answered within a minute when Chicago's Pius Suter completed a hat trick. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings picked apart at Chicago in worst performance of season," 24 Jan. 2021 Ben Meyers scored with 3:51 to play to play, and Walker completed his hat trick with 1:15 left. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers hockey puts on a show in 10-0 rout over Arizona State," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of hat trick was in 1869

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23 Feb 2021

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“Hat trick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hat%20trick. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hat trick

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

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