three-ring circus

noun
a circus with simultaneous performances in three rings
Hypernyms: ↑circus

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noun, pl ⋯ -cuses [count]
1 : a circus that has three separate areas where performances occur at the same time
2 US, informal : a place with a lot of busy and confusing activity

When the kids come home from school, my house is a three-ring circus.

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ˌthree-ring ˈcircus f12 [three-ring circus three-ring circuses] noun singular (NAmE, informal)
a place or situation with a lot of confusing or amusing activity

His attempt at a dignified resignation had turned into a three-ring circus.


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  • three-ring circus — ☆ three ring circus [thrē′riŋ′ ] n. 1. a circus having three rings for simultaneous performances 2. any situation or event hilariously or confusingly packed with action …   English World dictionary

  • three-ring circus — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms three ring circus : singular three ring circus plural three ring circuses mainly American 1) a circus with three areas where people perform at the same time 2) informal a situation that is very busy, often in a …   English dictionary

  • three-ring circus — {n.} A scene of much confusion or activity. * /The street was a three ring circus of cars, people, noise, and lights./ * /It is a three ring circus to watch that silly dog play./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • three-ring circus — {n.} A scene of much confusion or activity. * /The street was a three ring circus of cars, people, noise, and lights./ * /It is a three ring circus to watch that silly dog play./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • three-ring\ circus — noun A scene of much confusion or activity. The street was a three ring circus of cars, people, noise, and lights. It is a three ring circus to watch that silly dog play …   Словарь американских идиом

  • three-ring circus — noun (singular) AmE informal a place or situation that is confusing because there is too much activity: I don t know how you can work in that office it s like a three ring circus …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • three-ring circus — /three ring / 1. a circus having three adjacent rings in which performances take place simultaneously. 2. something spectacular, tumultuous, entertaining, or full of confused action: Our family reunions are always three ring circuses. Also, three …   Universalium

  • three-ring circus — three′ ring (or three′ ringed ) cir′cus n. 1) a circus having three adjacent rings in which performances take place simultaneously 2) something spectacular, tumultuous, or entertaining • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

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