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What's the most elegant way of describing the way they face the three different directions? I'd like to begin with:

They're standing there....

facing each of the three directions? looking at the three directions? ____________________________?

  • And, are there not four? – GMB Jun 29 '14 at 22:23

"Facing outward" perhaps?

I might also say "facing three ways", but "outward" seems more apt as it encompasses the idea that they're in a group and facing away from it, rather than just randomly looking at different things, or not looking at each other.

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    Or back-to-back would probably work, even with a group. – Kit Z. Fox Jun 30 '14 at 16:11

Trifarious facing in three different directions

The use of trifarious meant "in three parts" as early as 1817. Presently it has a botanical connotation and I have yet to find 'trifariously' used in any other context. I suspect there may be a dance related term that describes their triangular dos-à-dos position but I would say 'the fighters were standing in a trifarious defensive position

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