threering circus

three-ring circus

[three-ring]
noun
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-ringed circus.


Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

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three-ring circus
 
n
1.  a circus with three rings in which separate performances are carried on simultaneously
2.  a situation of confusion, characterized by a bewildering variety of events or activities

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