double whammy


double whammy

noun

: a situation that is bad in two different ways : a situation in which two bad conditions exist at the same time or two bad things happen one after the other

Full Definition of DOUBLE WHAMMY

:  a combination of two usually adverse forces, circumstances, or effects

Examples of DOUBLE WHAMMY

  1. With the cold weather and the high cost of heating fuel, homeowners were hit with a double whammy this winter.

First Known Use of DOUBLE WHAMMY

1951

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