Definition of hat trick in English:

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hat trick


1Three successes of the same kind, especially consecutive ones within a limited period: the band completes the trilogy, making for a dubious musical hat trick
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  • The Australian golfing star who in the 1950s won a hat trick of British Opens has collected his thoughts in a new book.
  • Great Britain will be hoping for a hat trick of golds today to add to the two won in successive days in Athens.
  • Calgary audiences loved her last two musical visits so much she's coming back for a hat trick.
1.1(Chiefly in ice hockey or soccer) the scoring of three goals in a game by one player.
Example sentences
  • He scored hat-tricks in consecutive league games recently.
  • His two goals were excellently taken and he was most unlucky not to score a hat-trick.
  • Sam Hallas scored twice more to complete his hat-trick and take the man of the match award.
1.2(In cricket) the taking of three wickets by the same bowler with successive balls.
Example sentences
  • By taking the last two wickets on successive balls he has left himself sitting on a hat trick on his first ball next Saturday.
  • The match started with Sri Lankan bowler Chaminda Vaas taking a hat trick with the first three balls of the match.
  • When Pietersen came to the wicket he barely survived an absolute brute of a ball reared up at him and almost gave McGrath a hat trick.


Late 19th century: originally referring to the club presentation of a new hat (or some equivalent) to a bowler taking three wickets successively.

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Syllabification: hat trick

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