trifecta

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From tri- +‎ (per)fecta.

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trifecta (plural trifectas)

  1. (US, Australia, New Zealand) A bet in which the bettor must select the first three placegetters of a race in the order in which they finish.
    • 2006, Vincent Conti, Thoroughbred Horse Racing Systems and Methodologies, page 9,
      The conservative player will play the exacta box bet and the occasional trifecta box wager.
    • 2010, Leonard A. Asimow, Mark M. Maxwell, Probability and Statistics with Applications: A Problem Solving Text, page 10,
      In a trifecta, you must wager on three horses: the one that finishes first (win), the one that finishes second (place), and the one that finishes third (show) in order.
  2. (US, Australia, New Zealand) The attainment of three important achievements, qualities, etc.
  3. (US, by extension) A set of three related things, often things that cause problems.

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Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 15:46