three cheers for

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

three cheers for

Good for, hurrah for, congratulations to, as in Three cheers for our mayor! Hip, hip, hooray! Why one should shout one's encouragement or approbation three times rather than two or four is unclear. A shouted cheer presumably originated as a nautical practice, if we are to believe Daniel Defoe in Captain Singleton (1720): "We gave them a cheer, as the seamen call it." Three cheers was first recorded in 1751. The term is also used sarcastically, when one is not really offering congratulations, as in So you finally passed; well, three cheers for you.
See also: cheers, three

three cheers for —

three successive hurrahs expressing appreciation or congratulation of someone or something.
Qualified approval or mild enthusiasm is sometimes expressed by two cheers for — , as in the title of E. M. Forster 's book Two Cheers for Democracy ( 1951 ).
1998 Zest So three cheers for The Body Shop's Community Trade programme, which is helping organic bergamot farms thrive once more.
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References in classic literature ?
And therefore three cheers for Nantucket; and come a stove boat and stove body when they will, for stave my soul, Jove himself cannot.
Alice Robinson proposed that the school should sing Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue
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!
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.
THREE cheers for the cheerleaders rang out as the Hipperholme Thunders took a top trophy.
THREE cheers for the commitment shown by Welsh Secretary David Jones MP towards securing a PS300 million upgrade to the North Wales railway network.
Diamond Jubilee It's good to see The films of the Queen She has done so much She is our jewel In the crown She never frowns Or says a bad word She works hard Like us all On this great Island We love her so much And who can say A bad word We''ve got to be Positive And enjoy the Celebrations It's once in a Lifetime And the memories Will be kept Like gold Three cheers For the Diamond Jubilee KENNETH MOOD A health unto Her Majesty "Three cheers" to Her Majesty Elizabeth, let's shout, We're here to celebrate what This is all about, Sixty years of ruling Britain, What a sensation, While earning the gratitude Of the nation, Doing it well, doing us proud, So now we shout out loud, May your life be long and You continue to govern Though the men would say "Even though she's a woman.
Three cheers for Gary, three cheers for Mrs Brown's Boys.
THIS poem was sent in by Pamela Shaw THREE CHEERS FOR CAESAREAN SECTIONS Three cheers for caesarean sections.
So three cheers for the folk at the Anglican Cathedral who have introduced the idea of a 'mini retreat' for harrassed citizens.
4 FEATURES Karen Price reviews the first year of National Theatre Wales 10 Trystan Ellis-Morris goes from Urdd competitor to presenter 10 Talking antiques with Anita Rani 12 Three cheers for the enduring quality of vintage rockers 13 Springwatch focuses on Wales with the help of Iolo Williams 17 Tim Hartley explores the international language of footie 10 COLUMNISTS Aled Blake is looking for a new hobby.
THREE cheers for the staff and pupils of Topcliffe School, Castle Vale, for taking the issue of personal finances seriously (Mail, November 7 'Pupils account for the pocket money').
THREE cheers for the paparazzi photographer Nick Stern, who has resigned in protest at the way the media chase and harass Britney Spears round the clock.