One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A playing card or dice with three spots.
- ‘Yet we don't count up two diamonds from the deuce and two from the trey, but treat each card as a complete unity.’
- ‘But see, you never knew, because deuces became treys in the outer boroughs.’
- ‘The minimum bid is two; the maximum is the total number of points available - either ten or seven, depending on whether you count the trey of trumps.’
2US (in basketball) a shot scoring three points.
- ‘The Tar Heels had just nailed a trey to knot the score late in this back and forth battle.’
- ‘Too often, Marbury is forced to pop a pipe dream of a trey because the offense doesn't flow and post-up options are few.’
- ‘AI put down 17 of 21 foul shots and 3 of 4 treys to go along with 11 dimes and 5 steals in what was arguably his best game of the season.’
- ‘Yet when Denver extended its big men and rotated its guards to shut off the pick and roll, the Wolves merely swung the ball to a wide-open Latrell Sprewell on the wing, who buried seven treys en route to a 31-point performance.’
- ‘The NBAers had the chance to win with the final shot but a trey by Antoine Walker came up short.’
- ‘The 9 shots in the series going into last night were all treys.’
- ‘Off-guard Eddie Jones was third in the NBA with 177 treys.’
- ‘It's just that some players, when you question what they can do, they answer by raining treys in your face and blowing by you in the open floor.’
Late Middle English: from Old French trei ‘three’, from Latin tres.
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