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triple threat

an expert in three different fields or in three different skills in the same field.
Football. a back who is proficient at running, passing, and punting:
The triple threat is a rare find for coaches.
1920-25 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for triple threat
  • Tourism, transportation and technology made its economy a triple threat.
  • The triple threat of government debt, poor economic growth and banking instability.
  • Heath is a triple threat: a great saxophonist, a dynamic composer, and an innovative arranger.
  • Knowledge, attention to detail and a healthy sense of skepticism are a triple threat to fight investment fraud.
  • He's a triple threat: a star who can sing, dance and wield a weapon.
Idioms and Phrases with triple threat

triple threat

A person who is adept in three areas, as in She's a triple threat on the editorial staff—she can edit, write, and design pages. This term comes from football, where it signifies a player who is good at running, passing, and kicking. [ c. 1920 ]
Also see: hat trick
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