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eternal triangle

an emotional relationship in which there are conflicts involving a man and two women or a woman and two men
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  • Yes, it was the eternal triangle, Only they didn't call it that then.

  • And diversion, not to say, drama, came—the eternal triangle.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • Certainly, three characters of two sexes form the eternal triangle, any way you arrange them; isn't that perfectly simple?

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • It is a mistake, too, to think that their novels and plays are immoral or hinge always on the eternal triangle.


    James Huneker
Idioms and Phrases with eternal triangle

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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