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 Makary says patients in Carlsbad suffer from those two national trends and then an extra double whammy. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "When some patients don't pay, this hospital sues," 10 Sep. 2019 But even as urgent action is needed to address those grandiose challenges for the coming decades, the double whammy of climate change and aging infrastructure is hitting now. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "If a Rainstorm Causes Flooding in New York, What Would a Hurricane Bring?," 23 July 2019 Alabama gets a double whammy, as the report points out. John Archibald |, al, "Why Alabama’s taxes are unfair," 14 Jan. 2020 Like many others affected by sickle cell, the Obando family faced a double whammy: not one but two children with the disease, Helen and her older sister, Haylee. Gina Kolata,, "At 16, she’s a pioneer in the fight to cure sickle cell disease," 11 Jan. 2020 Tillerson kind of had a double whammy working against him. NBC News, "Transcript: Mike Pompeo's State Department," 26 Nov. 2019 More than 100 bushfires are raging in Australia as the continent swelters under record-setting heat, a double whammy of extremes that has amplified scrutiny of what experts say is stark inaction from the Australian government on climate change. NBC News, "Australia is on fire, literally — and so are its climate politics," 18 Dec. 2019 Combined with a pass rush stuck in the slow lane, that’s a double whammy. Dan Wiederer,, "Can the Bears beat the Giants on Sunday at Soldier Field? Our Week 12 predictions.," 22 Nov. 2019 The Platinum Card from American Express delivers a double whammy for its $550 annual fee. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Get Automatic Elite Status with Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott," 9 Dec. 2019

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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 19 Feb. 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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