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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.
Origin of triple threat
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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