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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This acting, singing, dancing triple threat will grace the stage at this intimate club for a short but sweet residency. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 Olejnik, a senior at Sussex Hamilton, is one of the state's fastest sprinters and best jumpers, making him a possible triple threat at the state track and field meet in June. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sussex Hamilton's Ty Olejnik, an MLB hopeful, is also a triple threat on the track," 14 May 2018 The 29-year-old triple threat took off his blue jacket and remained shirtless for the latter half of the show. Lauren Alvarez, Billboard, "Chris Brown, SZA, Ella Mai & Teyana Taylor Get Sexy at the 2018 BET Experience," 24 June 2018 Inflammation-Busting Pineapple packs a triple threat with pineapple, turmeric, and ginger. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "The Healthyish Drink of the Summer is Here," 21 June 2018 Glover — up for five Grammys this year, including album of the year and record of the year under his stage name Childish Gambino — is more than just a triple threat. Julia Emmanuele, PEOPLE.com, "Presenting … 9 of the Hottest Men Nominated at the 2018 Grammys," 28 Jan. 2018 Essential oils, specifically peppermint, clove and citrus oils, all-natural pesticides that act as a triple threat against ants. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make A DIY Ant-Killing Spray With Essential Oils," 16 Aug. 2017 The moment, in 2005, when Smith became a triple threat—columnist, radio host, TV host—was a kind of apotheosis. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018 If there is ever a musical made of Nick Cartell’s life, much dramatic hay would have to be made of the fact that the future Broadway triple threat couldn’t get into musical-theater school. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "ASU alum Nick Cartell returns to Gammage as star of 'Les Miserables'," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of triple threat

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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