Meaning of hat trick

hat' trick"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the knocking off by one bowler of three wickets with three successive pitches: so called because formerly such a bowler was rewarded with a hat.
  2. three goals or points scored by one player in one game.
  3. a series of a base hit, a two-base hit, a three-base hit, and a home run achieved in any order by one player in one game.
  4. a clever or adroitly deceptive maneuver.
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