double whammy


Definition of double whammy

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

Examples of double whammy in a Sentence

With the cold weather and the high cost of heating fuel, homeowners were hit with a double whammy this winter.
Recent Examples on the Web The double whammy of too little demand for oil and too much supply has pushed many producers and oil-field services companies close to bankruptcy. Randy Diamond,, "NuStar Energy posts 1Q profit of $77 million," 5 May 2020 The double whammy — more jail time for his client for being late, while countless others convicted of misdemeanors were getting out — led Ferguson’s defense attorney Michael Steinberg to file an emergency motion directly with Judge Bowman. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County judge tosses people in jail for showing up late, even amid pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 Some trade-dependent companies in Texas and beyond – across all manner of industries – are now dealing with a double whammy due to the current economic crisis. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Months before COVID-19, Texas company told Trump that medical goods tariffs made U.S. ‘less prepared’," 3 Apr. 2020 The oil patch is getting smacked with a double whammy—the demand shock of Covid-19 and the supply shock of Saudi Arabia’s price war with... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pain in the Oil Patch," 31 Mar. 2020 Cut to February, and Facebook has been hit with a double whammy. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Due to coronavirus complications in China, Facebook's Oculus Quest even more backlogged," 19 Feb. 2020 That’s kind of a double whammy for individuals who already have registered through the CFEC. Anchorage Daily News, "Federal cash should soon be in hand for Alaska fishermen, processors and towns hurt by the 2016 pink salmon failure," 21 Jan. 2020 Shale producers have been hit by the double whammy of an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia and flagging demand from the coronavirus. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Conservatives look to squash Trump bailout for oil industry," 10 Mar. 2020 The cruise ship woes are a double whammy for the travel industry, with all three major U.S. airlines and other international carriers canceling flights to China and other Eastern destinations. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Norwegian won't issue $32,000 refund to family that canceled Asian cruise over coronavirus," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of double whammy

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Double whammy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of double whammy

informal : 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

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