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.

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In a truly unfortunate double whammy, both caffeine intake and caffeine withdrawal are potential migraine triggers, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Tell if Your 'Caffeine Withdrawal Headaches' Are Actually Migraines," 25 Jan. 2019 Worn beneath a transparent tulle dress with a bejeweled collar and hundreds of crystals, the combo packed a double whammy. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Yara Shahidi’s SAG Awards Look Is Two Stunning Outfits in One," 28 Jan. 2019 Tapestry and Tiffany pinned their future growth hopes on store expansion plans in China, so could face a double whammy to demand for their handbags and jewelry on both sides of the Pacific. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "China Is a Problem for American Luxury, Too," 4 Jan. 2019 The likelihood of a U.S. withdrawal from Syria or Afghanistan is a double whammy for China. Michael Singh, WSJ, "Beijing’s Curious Silence on the Syria Withdrawal," 8 Jan. 2019 Now, in their 40s, they’ve been hit with a double whammy—infertility that promises to be unyielding, at least in the normal course of events, and careers that have failed to thrive. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Private Life’ Review: A Couple in Creative Crisis," 4 Oct. 2018 The maker of tractors, combines and harvesters could be hit with a double whammy in the trade dispute. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Trump trade war with China could hurt these 10 stocks," 22 June 2018 Unlike the federal government, states generally can’t run budget deficits, which typically leads to spending cuts and layoffs during a recession—a double whammy because private-sector employment and investment is often also shrinking. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "States Face Crunch If Fed’s Tool Kit Is Limited in Next Recession," 10 Sep. 2018 The presence of the ball gag in Moore's joke is a double whammy. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Demi Moore's Harvey Weinstein Joke at Bruce Willis' Roast Was All Kinds of Awful," 30 July 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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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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