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eternal triangle

A sexual encounter or relationship between three people. Although exciting at first, the eternal triangle caused their relationship to suffer and ultimately end.
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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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eternal triangle

a relationship between three people, typically a couple and the lover of one of them, involving sexual rivalry.
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eternal triangle, the

A threesome of lovers, either two men involved with or vying for one woman or two women and one man. “Eternal” here simply means that this situation has occurred over and over through the ages. The term has been traced to a book review appearing in the London Daily Chronicle in 1907, describing a novel that “deals with the eternal triangle, which, in this case, consists of two men and one woman.”
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He and Melisande marry but six months later Golaud's half-brother Pelleas appears, and an eternal triangle situation develops between them.
"People in an eternal triangle are capable of anything," he said.
For those who view politics as essentially a psycho-drama, and the story of New Labour as an eternal triangle involving its three prime movers, there is probably something in this.
That said, Barry's tale about an eternal triangle (set in a square!) offered humour, atmosphere, a feeling of confiding intimacy on the one hand and on the other, sweeping grandeur as bells (and giggles) rang out in the night air.
While he was thrilled to be part of a King Arthur movie that actually delved more into history than myth, Ioan admits that he had expected that there would be more of an eternal triangle with Lancelot, Guinevere and Arthur in the film's plot.
I don't have any brothers or sisters so the Jones clan happily consists of a trio of folk quite content to exist in an eternal triangle of trust.
It was an eternal triangle. I aimed at his chest but didn't mean to kill him.' He was sorry Mr Cook, who he called Taffy, had died.
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."
And she had been the centre not just of an eternal triangle but an infernal crime.
She said: "The title is a play on chess and it's really about an eternal triangle - who gets the queen?
He and Butler are joined in the three-parter by Inday Ba, playing glamorous model Celeste, the third member of an eternal triangle that ends in tragedy.
THE QUIET AMERICAN CERT 15, 100 MINS Published in 1955, Graham Greene's novel unfolded an eternal triangle set in Saigon involving a jaded, opium addicted British journalist, an apparently idealistic American and the Vietnamese girl they both loved.