three-ring circus

noun

Definition of three-ring circus

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "32 things we learned from Super Bowl LIV's Opening Night with Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers," 28 Jan. 2020 The Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback has become a three-ring circus, with John Elway driving the clown car and Drew Lock locked in the trunk. The Denver Post, "Denver Post’s 10 most popular Mark Kiszla columns of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 The Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback has become a three-ring circus, with John Elway driving the clown car and Drew Lock locked in the trunk. The Denver Post, "Denver Post’s 10 most popular Mark Kiszla columns of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 The Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback has become a three-ring circus, with John Elway driving the clown car and Drew Lock locked in the trunk. The Denver Post, "Denver Post’s 10 most popular Mark Kiszla columns of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 And the rather startling appearances of harps, bells, snare drums and cymbals are clear tips of Davis’s hat to the three-ring circus of a re-orchestration that Eugene Goossens concocted for Thomas Beecham’s (in)famous 1950s recording. Joe Banno, Washington Post, "NSO presents a muddled ‘Messiah,’ but all is not lost," 20 Dec. 2019 The Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback has become a three-ring circus, with John Elway driving the clown car and Drew Lock locked in the trunk. The Denver Post, "Denver Post’s 10 most popular Mark Kiszla columns of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 The Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback has become a three-ring circus, with John Elway driving the clown car and Drew Lock locked in the trunk. The Denver Post, "Denver Post’s 10 most popular Mark Kiszla columns of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 The Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback has become a three-ring circus, with John Elway driving the clown car and Drew Lock locked in the trunk. The Denver Post, "Denver Post’s 10 most popular Mark Kiszla columns of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of three-ring circus

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Three-ring circus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three-ring%20circus. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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three-ring circus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of three-ring circus

: a circus that has three separate areas where performances occur at the same time
US, informal : a place with a lot of busy and confusing activity

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