two's company, three's a crowd

Definition of two's company, three's a crowd

used to say that a third person is not welcome when two people (such as two lovers) want to be alone with each other
  • Well, I'll leave you two lovebirds alone. Two's company, three's a crowd.

Word by Word Definitions

two play
  1. : being one more than one in number

  2. : being the second

  1. : two countable individuals not specified

  2. : a small approximate number of indicated things

  1. : a number that is one more than one — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the second in a set or series

  3. : a 2-dollar bill

company play
  1. : association with another : fellowship

  2. : companions, associates

  3. : visitors, guests

  1. : accompany

  2. : associate

three play
  1. : a number that is one more than 2 — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the third in a set or series

  3. : something having three units or members

crowd play
  1. : to press on : hurry

  2. : to press close

  3. : to collect in numbers

  1. : a large number of persons especially when collected together : throng

  2. : the great body of the people : populace

  3. : most of one's peers

  1. : an ancient Celtic stringed instrument that is plucked or bowed —called also crwth

  2. : violin


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