- The definition of a triple threat is someone in a particular field who exhibits three skills that are necessary to excel.
- An example of a triple threat is a football player in gridiron football who is great at passing, kicking and running.
- An example of a triple threat is a person in theatre who can sing, dance and act.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a football player who is a skillful runner, passer, and kicker
- a person who is expert or adept in three fields, skills, etc.
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triple threat - Phrases/Idioms
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.