three cheers

three cheers for (someone or something)

(Give) three shouts of joy, approval, appreciation, or congratulations (for someone or something). Sometimes used ironically, sarcastically, or humorously. Three cheers for Sarah, whose brilliant goal at the last minute won us the game! At long last the day is nearly over; three cheers for the weekend!
See also: cheers, three

(give) three ˈcheers (for somebody/something)

shout ‘hurray’ three times to show admiration or support for somebody/something: You all deserve three cheers for working so hard.Three cheers for the winner — hip, hip, hurray!
See also: cheers, three
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She returned the salute with three cheers and three guns.
They were all of them fond of quotations: So they drank to his health, and they gave him three cheers, While he served out additional rations).
And therefore three cheers for Nantucket; and come a stove boat and stove body when they will, for stave my soul, Jove himself cannot.
Then, being prepared for the journey, they all started for the Emerald City; and the Winkies gave them three cheers and many good wishes to carry with them.
Three cheers from them; three more from us; three more from them: and they are gone.
Three cheers more: and as the first one rings upon our ears, the vessel throbs like a strong giant that has just received the breath of life; the two great wheels turn fiercely round for the first time; and the noble ship, with wind and tide astern, breaks proudly through the lashed and roaming water.
Alice Robinson proposed that the school should sing Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue
Well then, and gave him the knight-stroke so I raise you to nobility, who begged for grace for your offense now kneels before me, rise as knight; knavish you have acted, and Knave of Bergen shall you be called henceforth, and gladly the Black knight rose; three cheers were given in honor of the Emperor, and loud cries of joy testified the approbation with which the Queen danced still once with the Knave of Bergen.
It was the squire, and we waved a handkerchief and gave him three cheers, in which the voice of Silver joined as heartily as any.
After which the yeomen gave three cheers for the Queen and three more for her page, and drank toasts to them both, rising to their feet.
And consequently three cheers for the United Aggregate Tribunal!
He descended into a canoe, and as soon as he was clear of the side we gave him three cheers.
When they were very near to where the secretary, Sir John, and Mr Haredale stood, Lord George turned round and, making a few remarks of a sufliciently violent and incoherent kind, concluded with the usual sentiment, and called for three cheers to back it.
But my song I troll out, for CHRISTMAS Stout, The hearty, the true, and the bold; A bumper I drain, and with might and main Give three cheers for this Christmas old
Sedley descended into the welcome shore-boat which was to take them from the ship, the whole crew, men and officers, the great Captain Bragg himself leading off, gave three cheers for Major Dobbin, who blushed very much and ducked his head in token of thanks.