from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One of three equal parts of two glasses, as of gin or ale; a third part of two portions or helpings.
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Overall, the defense again seemed to get the better of it, especially the first unit which in the four series in which the first-team unit seemed to be working in total did not give up a touchdown, with one three-out and allowing one field goal.
The Seattle Times 2011
You get past that three-out mark and you keep letting (us) come up to bat.
Corpus Christi Caller Times, Caller.com Stories Lee Goddard 2010
But by 1991, three-out saves were the norm, and their frequency has only increased since, surpassing 80 percent of all saves in 2007.
Often players will run themselves into a three-out play.
"If you're three-and-out and three-out and three-and-out, your defense is going to be on the field for a long time."
The three-out phenomena is truly a rare occurrence, as the Hoppers triple play today marks their first of the sort since joining the South Atlantic League in 1979.
Greensboro Sports 2009
They are quite astonished at the impudent air of the young fellow in a brown coat and bright buttons, who, ushering in his two companions, and walking up to the bar in as careless a manner as if he had been used to green and gold ornaments all his life, winks at one of the young ladies with singular coolness, and calls for a 'kervorten and a three-out - glass,' just as if the place were his own.
Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people Charles Dickens 1841