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hat trick

English

Etymology

c.1877, originally from cricket, meaning taking three wickets on three bowls. This extended to other sports. Allegedly because it entitled the bowler to receive a hat from his club, or perhaps it entitled him to pass the hat for a cash collection.

Noun

Singular
hat trick

Plural
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  1. (cricket) Three wickets taken by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
  2. (ice hockey) Three goals scored by one player in a game, usually followed by a shower of hats onto the ice.
    After Jones' hat trick, the attendents had to pick up about 75 hats from the ice.
  3. (sports, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Three achievements in a single game, or similar, such as three consecutive wins.
    A "Gordie Howe hat trick" comprises a goal, an assist, and a fighting major penalty.
    The car salesman came home with front-row seats after turning a hat trick at work.
  4. (baseball, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Striking out three times in one game.
    Jones got a hat trick yesterday. Let's see if he can do something today.

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