Definition of hat trick in US English:

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’
    • ‘Saints were uncertain for a period but then Jeff abbot latched on to a through ball to get his hat trick and give the Saints a 3 goal cushion.’
    • ‘He scored hat-tricks in consecutive league games recently.’
    • ‘He scored five goals in his first six games and managed three hat-tricks in the second half of the season, ending the campaign with 37 goals - a club record - and the player of the year trophy.’
    • ‘Sam Hallas scored twice more to complete his hat-trick and take the man of the match award.’
    • ‘His two goals were excellently taken and he was most unlucky not to score a hat-trick.’
    1. 1.1 (chiefly in ice hockey or soccer) the scoring of three goals in a game by one player.
      • ‘Great Britain will be hoping for a hat trick of golds today to add to the two won in successive days in Athens.’
      • ‘The Australian golfing star who in the 1950s won a hat trick of British Opens has collected his thoughts in a new book.’
      • ‘Calgary audiences loved her last two musical visits so much she's coming back for a hat trick.’
      • ‘Its involvement in motor sport, through international rallying and a hat trick of victories at Le Mans, substantially enhanced its rising image.’
      • ‘It must be noted that since the backboards have been in place, GIS have had a hat trick of victories on the basketball court against other local schools.’
    2. 1.2 (in cricket) the taking of three wickets by the same bowler with successive balls.
      • ‘By taking the last two wickets on successive balls he has left himself sitting on a hat trick on his first ball next Saturday.’
      • ‘In no time Wapper had wickets and was sitting on a hat trick himself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Next to go was Hall for a golden duck, as the umpire confidently raised his finger for a plum lbw decision, which left Dilger on a hat trick ball at the end of the 21st over.’
      • ‘The match started with Sri Lankan bowler Chaminda Vaas taking a hat trick with the first three balls of the match.’


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