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 Sunday presented something of a three-ring circus setting at Augusta. Doug Ferguson, Star Tribune, "Youth champion from Minnesota gets in on Augusta National action," 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, "Ravens film study: In a game of gambles, the Chiefs come out on top — again and again," 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, "37 Mom Jokes that Put Dad Jokes to Shame," 7 May 2020 Co-owner Bobby Lee described it as a three-ring circus that happens to sell steaks. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "The loneliest road trip: I drove across the country during coronavirus. Here's what I saw.," 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, "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

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First Known Use of three-ring circus

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Three-ring circus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three-ring%20circus. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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