a hat trick

hat trick

1. In cricket, three wickets knocked off by a bowler in three consecutive deliveries. First used to describe H.H. Stephenson's accomplishment of such in 1858, and so named because he was allegedly awarded a new hat afterward. He came amazingly close to securing a hat trick, but the third batter managed to dash his hopes by scoring a run.
2. In sports, especially hockey or football (soccer), three goals or points scored by a single player in one game or match. Fans' hats littered the ice to celebrate the player's hat trick, his fourth so far this season.
3. Three consecutive wins or achievements by a single athlete, such as winning three consecutive major tournaments in tennis or golf. Matthews has been playing the best golf of her life this year, and she is poised to secure a hat trick if she wins the Ladies European Tour next month.
4. In baseball and softball, three home runs in a single game. Fans were on their feet for her hat trick as her third home run sailed into the bleachers.
5. In baseball and softball, three strike outs in a single game. With such a terrible performance so far, the team's star player has been relegated to the dugout after getting a hat trick.
See also: hat, trick

a hat trick

n. three successes in a row. (Typically, three hockey goals by one player, and other scoring in threes in other sports. Extended use covers three same or different sexual “scores” (see score) by a person in a period of time.) Walter pulled a hat trick, and the fans roared.
See also: hat, trick
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"I hope to bag a hat trick in every game of the competition.
Captain Harwinder Singh scored a hat trick (6', 24', 58') for Namdhari XI in the encounter.
Linthwaite, who are second with 22 points from eight matches, were fired up by Richards who netted a hat trick.
Mark Walpole was the star of this match, scoring a hat trick for Nunthorpe, whilst Steve Cooper won two of his sets.
Millennium Youth smashed eight past Highfield Colts in the Under-12 division, thanks to a hat trick for Furlong, plus two for Collister and one each for Smyth, Mitchell and McGovern.
Jalaluddin said taking a hat trick for any bowler in modern day cricket is a tough feat to achieve, but once you take a hat trick, it's a great feeling.
A hat trick is something that you are not guaranteed to get no matter how hard you try," Jalaluddin said during an interview with PakPassion.net.
Ernest Befoa did most of the damage with a hat trick, while Jamie Jobarteh, Wayne Shooter, Liam Riley and Paul Pike also registered.
Andy Wilson for Ormesby B was the star of the hard fought match, scoring a hat trick.
In the same competition, Eugene Johnson scored a hat trick for All Saints High School in their 12-1 defeat of Ruffwood.
London, Apr 30 ( ANI ): Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has claimed that 'there is more to come' after he scored a hat trick against Queens Park Rangers (QPR).
"At least I came back with a hat trick and I remember the final one because I hit it first time with my left foot right into the corner.
A bob clarke screamer completed a hat trick for the striker and took Walkers Arms into the semi-finals of the Rollinson Cup.
A pair of hat tricks were the highlights of a low-scoring game at Old Almondburians where the home side struggled to 69-8 with Upper Hopton's Matthew Davey clinching a hat trick in his remarkable figures of five for six in four overs.
Star of the Panthers' show in a fine team performance was Phil Drain, who scored a hat trick of tries in a man-of-the-match display.