American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sports Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey.
- n. Sports Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
- n. Sports Three consecutive wins or outstanding accomplishments by the same individual, such as a jockey in horse racing.
- n. cricket Three wickets taken by a bowler in three consecutive balls.
- n. ice hockey Three goals scored by one player in a game, usually followed by a shower of hats onto the ice.
- n. sports, by extension Three achievements in a single game, or similar, such as three consecutive wins.
- n. baseball, sarcastic Striking out three times in one game.
- n. (sports) three consecutive scores by one player or three scores in one game (as in cricket or ice hockey etc.)
- c.1877, originally from cricket, meaning taking three wickets with three consecutive 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. (Wiktionary)
- From the hat with which the feat was traditionally rewarded in cricket. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is somewhat of a literary hat trick for me: As a nine-year-old boy, I received my first rejection letter from Rod Serling; years later, as a young cub reporter, I witnessed the first burgeoning seeds of the Watergate scandal.”
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As the playoffs are on, some Hockey terms, and likely some Canadianisms in here.
manners of hat - some vague, many trite, some not
drop of a hat, talk through (one..., take off (ones) hat, throw in hat, under (ones) hat, hat in hand, hats off, chit-chat, crosshatch, all hat and no ca..., cat in the hat co..., pass the hat around and 52 more...
head-where: head-ware: head (at)tire
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