hat trick :
noun1 : the retiring of three batsmen withthree consecutive balls by a bowler in cricket 2 : the scoring of three goalsin one game by a single player 3 : a series of three victories, successes, or related accomplishments
“Scoring a celestial hat trick, the space shuttle Discovery placed its third satellite in orbit Saturday.” — The Houston Post, September 2, 1984
“Eleven seconds into the third period, hundreds of hats were thrown ontothe ice after Flyers center BraydenSchenn apparently scored the firsthat trick of his career.” — Sam Carchidi, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2015
Did you know?
It may surprise some people to learnthat the term hat trick actuallyoriginated in British cricket. A bowlerwho retired three batsmen with threeconsecutive balls in cricket was entitled to a new hat at the expenseof the club to commemorate this feat. Eventually, the phrase was applied to the same player scoring three goalsin any goal sport, and baseballannouncers now occasionally refer to a batter who gets three hits in threeturns at bat as having managed a hat trick as well. The phrase finallybroadened to include any string of three important successes or achievements in any field.☺️