Definition of hat trick in English:

hat trick

Syllabification: 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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