three-ring circus

noun
\ ˈthrē-ˈriŋ- How to pronounce three-ring circus (audio) \

Definition of three-ring circus

1 : a circus with simultaneous performances in three rings
2 : something wild, confusing, engrossing, or entertaining

Synonyms for three-ring circus

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of three-ring circus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a general decline in newspaper readership and the recession of the 1990s, followed by a three-ring circus of corporate leadership at The Times, would be the undoing of the paper’s Orange County edition. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Stafford, after a career of haymakers with the dreadful Lions, was asked in one season to put the Rams in the NFL’s version of a three-ring circus, aka Super Bowl 56. Jay Paris, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The only three-ring circus in North America rolls into Columbia County on June 29. Joe Hotchkiss, ajc, 27 June 2021 Sunday presented something of a three-ring circus setting at Augusta. Doug Ferguson, Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 Mahomes and his three-ring circus are a bad matchup for a lot of defenses, even good ones. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2020 Motherhood can be hard, especially now when moms are homeschooling their kids, acting as short-order cooks, and playing ring master of a seriously crazy three-ring circus—all while trying to maintain their sanity. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 7 May 2020 Co-owner Bobby Lee described it as a three-ring circus that happens to sell steaks. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2020 The three-ring circus that is Super Bowl Opening Night is complete, Monday's annual affair fairly tame and even somewhat tempered in light of recent events. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'three-ring circus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of three-ring circus

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About three-ring circus

Time Traveler for three-ring circus

Time Traveler

The first known use of three-ring circus was in 1902

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near three-ring circus

three-ridge

three-ring circus

threescore

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for three-ring circus

Last Updated

5 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Three-ring circus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three-ring%20circus. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!