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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.
See also: cheers, three