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triple-bagger

1. In baseball, a hit of the ball that results in the batter being able to reach third base. A triple-bagger from Mitchelson puts his team within striking distance of a victory here today.
2. A hideously ugly person, i.e., one who would need to wear three bags over their head in order to conceal such ugliness. She had a few too many drinks and ended up going home with some triple-bagger who'd been leering at her all night at the bar. I know I'm not the prettiest person in the world, but I'm no triple-bagger or anything.

triple whammy

A combination of three different elements, circumstances, or actions that results in a particularly powerful force, outcome, or effect. Deregulation of the financial sector, securitization of huge amounts of various debt, and fluctuating national interest rates formed a triple whammy that sent the stock market crashing.
See also: triple, whammy

triple threat

A person who is very skilled or knowledgeable in three different but related skills, abilities, or fields. She has degrees in law, business, and socioeconomics, so she'll be a real triple threat for our company. He's a brilliant actor, singer, and dancer—the classic triple threat!
See also: threat, triple

triple threat

A person who is adept in three areas, as in She's a triple threat on the editorial staff-she can edit, write, and design pages. This term comes from football, where it signifies a player who is good at running, passing, and kicking. [c. 1920] Also see hat trick.
See also: threat, triple

triple

1. n. a large alcoholic drink containing three measures of hard liquor. One triple, but no more. I’m cutting down, remember?
2. Go to triple-bagger.

triple whammy

(ˈtrɪplæ ˈʍæmi)
n. a powerful treatment; a powerful shock. The market crash, the trade figures, and the death of the secretary of defense was a powerful triple whammy in Washington politics this week.
See also: triple, whammy

triple-bagger

1. and triple n. a hit in baseball that gets the batter to third base. Wilbur connected for another triple-bagger in the fifth.
2. n. a person whose ugly face is so frightful that three bags are required to conceal it. (see also double-bagger, coyote-ugly.) He’s worse than a triple-bagger—if that’s possible.

triple

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Emily Hughes fell on a triple loop, but she had several highlights, including a crisp triple lutz-double, toe-double loop combination.
Lipinski's perfect seven triple jumps gave youth the day, and lifted athleticism another few degrees in its ascent over artistry.
France's Vanessa Gusmeroli nearly buckled after her first jump, a shaky triple flip.
Despite a hard fall in the short program, and another during practice, European champion Irina Slutskaya of Russia hit several high-flying jumps - including a triple loop so high she held for a split second before entering her rotation - to finish fourth.
Then Urmanov, who'd pulled a groin muscle doing a triple axel in the short program, withdrew after warmups, conceding the crown to Stojko.
That meant the quad-triple, which nobody but he can do, plus a triple axel-triple toe, a triple lutz-double toe and another triple axel.