eternal triangle


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(the) eternal triangle

a sexual or emotional relationship involving two women and one man or two men and one woman. (*Typically, a couple [man and woman] and another man or woman.) Henry can't choose between his wife and his mistress. It's the eternal triangle. I'm surprised Jane doesn't get tired of the eternal triangle. She goes out with Peter at the weekend and Jim during the week.
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eternal triangle

A relationship involving three lovers, such as two women involved with one man or two men with one woman. For example, The plot of the murder mystery revolved around the eternal triangle of a husband, wife, and another woman . [c. 1900]
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Lifson also offered an explanation of the dilemma: "There is an eternal triangle in Congress consisting of the conflicting goals of fairness, simplification and economic policy, which all get in the way of one another.
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Puccini used it for his opera and Sir Cameron Mackintosh's production takes the same tale of the oriental girl, caught in the eternal triangle with an American GI, and and sets it in 1975 during the final days of the American evacuation of Vietnam.
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