eternal triangle

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eternal triangle
 
n
an emotional relationship in which there are conflicts involving a man and two women or a woman and two men

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eternal triangle

A relationship involving three lovers, such as two women involved with one man or two men with one woman. For example, The plot of the murder mystery revolved around the eternal triangle of a husband, wife, and another woman. [c. 1900]

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