Definition of three-ring circus in English:

three-ring circus

Line breaks: three-ring cir¦cus


North American informal
A disorganized or frenetic scene or spectacle: his attempt at a dignified resignation turned into a three-ring circus
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  • She was, and is, witty and talkative, the ringleader of the three-ring circus round our table when I was growing up.
  • ‘It truly is a three-ring circus in here,’ says Pollock, shouting directives to couriers between phrases, as Youn scrambles through faxes and emails.
  • Cannes may appear to be a three-ring circus of high art, low commerce and relentless self - promotion, but underneath the red carpet premieres and parties it is an irresistible celebration of the best in world cinema.

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Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
turned backwards