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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With Curry already out, double whammies don’t get much tougher than this. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Warriors star Klay Thompson suffers fractured thumb, will be re-evaluated March 22," 14 Mar. 2018 That is because many consumers outside the U.S. face a double whammy when—like now—the dollar gets stronger at the same time that oil prices rise. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Steep Oil and Strong Dollar Make Toxic Brew for Global Economies," 17 June 2018 The Elks defeated the Red Sox, 11-6, in a game that offered a double whammy to La Cañada, which had a player ejected and suspended for allegedly cleating an Elks player on a play at first base. Andrew J. Campa,, "Robust Glendale Juniors baseball tournament ends with cancelation," 24 May 2018 Coupled with the dramatic jump in steel prices, that’s a double whammy for appliance manufacturers such as Electrolux, whose U.S. headquarters is in Charlotte. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 That double whammy means that in old animals, including people, fewer and fewer cells are young and functional. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Hope for creaky old humans: removing aged cells from mice can restore their youth, study finds," 9 July 2018 Conjunctivitis is another possible cause of the eye-pain-and-redness double whammy, Anupama Anchala, M.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is When to See a Doctor About Eye Pain ASAP," 19 June 2018 For another double whammy, try the Devas-Tater, a red sauce pizza with ground beef and tater tots. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Here's where to load up on carbs before the Detroit Marathon," 11 Oct. 2017 The bad news is that for now, Japan and its peers are being hit with a double whammy of rising oil prices and slowing global-demand growth, especially from Europe. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Big Trouble in Little Japan," 25 May 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of double whammy

: 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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