|1.||cricket the achievement of a bowler in taking three wickets with three successive balls|
|2.||any achievement of three points, victories, awards, etc within a given period, esp three goals scored by the same player in a soccer match|
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.”
Note: By extension, a hat trick is an outstanding performance by an individual, or a particularly clever or adroit maneuver: “She pulled off a hat trick with her presentation to the committee.”
Note: The phrase originally referred to a hat traditionally given to a cricket player who scored three wickets, or goals.