Today's Word of the Day means...
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.
[fr cricket, ''the bowling down of three wickets with successive balls,'' probably compared with the magician's trick of pulling a rabbit out of a hat; also said to be a feat that entitled the player to the proceeds of a collection, that is, a passing of the hat, ortoa new hat]