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three major achievements in various fields; in horse racing: winning first, second, and third place in the correct order
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1. A system of betting in which the bettor must pick the first three winners in the correct sequence. Also called triple.
2. A set or combination of three things: "the media's portrayal of the moral trifecta of sex, violence, and profanity" (Gregory Stevenson).
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1. (Gambling, except Cards) a form of betting in which the punter selects the first three place-winners in a horse race in the correct order
2. any achievement involving three successful outcomes
[from tri- + (per)fecta, a US system of betting]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., pl. -fect•as.
a type of bet, esp. on horse races, in which the bettor must select the first three finishers in exact order.Also called triple.
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