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TRINOMIAL EXPRESSIONS

Fixed three-word expressions commonly used by native speakers of English.


Trinomials are very similar to binomials.
The only difference is that trimonial expressions made up of three words instead of two.
The conjunctions used are usually 'and' or 'or' , but 'and' is more common.
The word order is usually fixed, as in binomials.
Here are some common trinomials:

TRINOMIAL EXPRESSIONS MEANING EXAMPLE
Beg borrow or steal Do whatever you must to obtain what you need or produce the required result. We need your help. I don't care if you have to beg, borrow, or steal to get here!
Blood, sweat and tears Requires a lot of effort and hard work. Ted’s success wasn't due to luck; it was blood, sweat and tears all the way.”
Calm, cool and collected Relaxed and well able to cope with things or events. The bride wasn’t nervous at all; in fact she looked calm, cool and collected.
Good, bad, or indifferent  Having a positive, a negative, or no effect. No matter how good, bad or indifferent the reviews may be, they are always useful.
Here, there and everywhere In many different places. Amanda was here, there and everywhere looking after her guests.
Hook, line and sinker Completely believe something. I didn't think he'd believe my story, but he fell for it hook, line and sinker!
A hop, skip and a jump A very short distance. The school is just a hop, skip and a jump away from our new house.
Lock, stock and barrel Everything; every single item. The burglers emptied the whole house: lock, stock and barrel.
Morning, noon and night All the time; all day and all night. We’re both exhausted. The baby cries morning, noon and night!
Ready, willing and able Well prepared and eager to do something. Any time you want our daughter to babysit, she’s ready, willing, and able.
Right, left and centre Everywhere, in all directions. Volunteers are handing out food right, left and centre.
This, that and the other Various different things or subjects. What were you talking about? Oh this, that and the other.
(Every) Tom, Dick and Harry Anybody or everybody. I don’t want every Tom, Dick and Harry to have my phone number!
Way, shape or form Not at all, in no possible manner. The company has never been involved in illegal activities, in any way, shape or form.


See also:  Binomial Expressions 

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