three cheers


three cheers


  • good for
  • hurrah for
  • congratulations to 
  • well done
  • excellent 
  • shout thrice to show appreciation.

Example Sentences

  1. The troops who stood to gain from the official declaration of hospitality gave three cheers.
  2. If the guerrillas do that, raise three cheers because it’s the revolution.
  3. The officers and crew on the ship lined the weather rail and gave three cheers.
  4. Three cheers for your beautiful newborn.
  5. Three cheers for our college football team for beating its opponents.
  6. Three cheers for our mayor!
  7. I give three cheers to you since you passed your exam.
  8. Three cheers for New York City Football Club for their great victory in the Grand Final match.
  9. Three cheers for your beautiful, newly-born baby!


“Cheers” originated from chiere, an old French word that meant “head” or “face.” By the eighteenth century, cheers meant gladness, and people used it to express encouragement. Today, the word is a concise and symbolic way to toast with the wish of good health and good cheer to those around us. 

The idiom “three cheers” describes three shouts of “hurrah” a group gives in unison to celebrate something or honor someone. It is unclear why people should shout their approval or encouragement thrice instead of two or four times. Presumably, a shouted cheer originated as a natural practice. The phrase appears in Captain Singleton, a novel by Daniel Defoe that was originally published in 1720. People also use it sarcastically when they are not congratulating someone.

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