triple threat

noun

Definition of triple threat

1 : a football player adept at running, kicking, and passing
2 : a person adept in three different fields of activity

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The rising star is a triple threat letting his flair for theatrics and passion for the arts kindle his Hollywood dreams. Teen Vogue, ""The Hills: New Beginnings" Star Brandon Thomas Lee on Being a Gemini and Having a "Drawer Full" of Spencer Pratt's Crystals," 8 July 2019 In a year and a half in the major leagues, Ohtani has established himself as a triple threat — as a hitter, as a pitcher and as a driver of economic impact. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Angels’ Shohei Ohtani brings in dollars as he bangs out hits," 26 June 2019 Known for their dancing, singing and rapping, the members of BTS are more than just triple threats. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "BTS's Net Worth Is Completely Out of This World," 30 May 2019 But, to be a Black Muslim woman makes me a triple threat that is not bound by any one corner of the globe and an automatic learning tool for anyone who might need a quick lesson. Imani Bashir, Essence, "Opinion: To Be A Black Woman In Hijab Is How I Break Barriers Around The World," 26 June 2019 Lala has assembled an ensemble cast that are genuine triple threats, as actors, singers and dancers. nola.com, "Summer Lyric presents tap-happy love song to Broadway with ‘42nd Street’," 19 June 2019 But Kendall, who is now a teenager, has moved on from the studio drama and is on her way to becoming a triple threat. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Here’s What Kendall Vertes Has Been Up to Since Leaving ‘Dance Moms’," 17 June 2019 From a toxicity standpoint, hemoglobin is a triple threat, explained Pampee Young, the chief medical officer of biomedical services for the American Red Cross. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 22 Apr. 2019 Only a triple threat could’ve packed so many songs, looks, and dance sequences into a single set. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: Watch all the Performances from Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, and More," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of triple threat

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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