Meaning of three-ring circus

three'-ring cir'cus

Pronunciation: (thrē'ring"), [key]
  1. a circus having three adjacent rings in which performances take place simultaneously.
  2. something spectacular, tumultuous, entertaining, or full of confused action: Our family reunions are always three-ring circuses.
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