double whammy


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

Example Sentences

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 In many cases, they're hit by a double whammy: Not only are their high-end real estate markets more rate-sensitive, but so are their tech sectors. Bylance Lambert, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2022 The singer scored a double whammy in 1997 and 1998, winning female vocalist of the year. Kate Kauss, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 Prospective home buyers are getting hit by a double whammy of bad news: Prices remain prohibitively high for many consumers, largely due to low supply. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 22 Sep. 2022 Such countries now face a double whammy—rising prices and a stronger dollar that make food and fuel imports more expensive, and sinking currencies and higher borrowing costs that raise the cost of debt repayment in dollars. Saeed Shah, WSJ, 14 July 2022 The move is a double whammy to a fleet from Alaska, Washington and Oregon chasing Bering Sea crab in harvests that in 2016 grossed $280 million, The Seattle Times reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 The move is a double whammy to a fleet from Alaska, Washington and Oregon pursuing Bering Sea crab in harvests that as recently as 2016 grossed $280 million. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2022 Higher interest rates are a double whammy on the market. Trevor Fraser, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 The staff shortages are a double whammy for hospitals and nursing homes. oregonlive, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double whammy was in 1951

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“Double whammy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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