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three-ring circus

(thrē′rĭng′)
n.
1. A circus having simultaneous performances in three separate rings.
2. Informal A situation characterized by confusing, engrossing, or amusing activity.

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

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.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.three-ring circus - a circus with simultaneous performances in three rings
circus - a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals; "the children always love to go to the circus"
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