Cricket. the knocking off by one bowler of three wickets with three successive pitches.
Ice Hockey, Soccer. three goals scored by one player in one game: He was the only athlete in our school’s history to achieve a hat trick in both hockey and soccer.
Baseball. three like feats executed by one player in one game, especially three home runs: In last night’s game, Marley performed a most unusual hat trick, with his three unassisted double plays.
a series of three related successes or accomplishments, especially when achieved one after the other and in close proximity: Once again, Kay won the blue ribbons for dill pickles, bread-and-butter pickles, and pickled beets—her annual pickle hat trick!
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How to use hat trick in a sentence
Oshie provided one of the greatest moments of the regular season that same night, recording a hat trick in his first game since his dad died.A Capitals playoff primer as they prepare to face the Bruins | Scott Allen | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
He wiped away tears as he sat down, an emotional moment that came after Oshie completed a hat trick in his first game since the death of his father.In a chaotic week for the Capitals, T.J. Oshie gives Washington something to rally around | Samantha Pell | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Oshie, who missed Monday’s contretemps to be with his family, notched a hat trick to lift the Capitals to a 4-2 win in a game that saw an astounding 100 penalty minutes handed out in the first period alone and 141 total.T.J. Oshie’s hat trick gives Capitals final say in fight-filled win over Rangers | Samantha Pell, Scott Allen | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Never before in the Bundesliga’s 57-year history had an American recorded a hat trick.Matthew Hoppe was a little-known American soccer player — until he reached the Bundesliga | Steven Goff | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Rossi scored all three goals — a hat trick — as the Azzurri beat Brazil, 3-2, sending the soccer-crazy fans in the South American nation into shock and mourning.Paolo Rossi, Italian World Cup soccer hero, dies at 64 | Phil Davison | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
In 2010, she scored an Oscar hat-trick with The Young Victoria.Finally! ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Is Hollywood’s First 1990s Period Piece | Andrew Romano | December 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The "double hat-trick" was six consecutive wickets, the last six, all clean bowled.The Wonder | J. D. Beresford
Upon a similar wicket had he not done the famous hat-trick only three weeks before?The Hill | Horace Annesley Vachell
It played the "hat trick" with the gentility of modern manners.Now It Can Be Told | Philip Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for hat-trick
cricket the achievement of a bowler in taking three wickets with three successive balls
any achievement of three points, victories, awards, etc within a given period, esp three goals scored by the same player in a soccer match
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Cultural definitions for hat trick
In some sports, such as ice hockey, three goals by one player in a single game: “Lemieux scores for the third time tonight; he finally has the hat trick he's been looking for all season.”
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hat trick
An extremely clever or adroit maneuver, as in It looked as though the party was going to achieve a hat trick in this election. The term originated in cricket, where it refers to three wickets taken by a bowler in three consecutive balls, traditionally rewarded with the presentation of a hat. It later was transferred to ice hockey, soccer, and baseball, where it denotes three consecutive successes (goals, hits), and then to more general use.
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