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 It's been a tough year so far for homebuyers, who are facing the double whammy of high housing prices and rising loan rates. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 21 May 2024 High prices and high interest rates have been a double whammy for consumers. Rafael Nam, NPR, 16 May 2024 Analysts say a kind of double whammy leaves Tajiks vulnerable to recruitment. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2024 High mortgage rates then hit the housing market with a double whammy. Leonardo Bevilacqua, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Mar. 2024 Buying a home has become increasingly out of reach for Americans, who are grappling with a double whammy of high interest rates and surging home values. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 8 Mar. 2024 Cities need to prepare for the double whammy, the researchers contend. Justine Calma, The Verge, 6 Mar. 2024 But the double whammy of rising mortgage rates and record high home prices has lifted the cost beyond the means of many Americans. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 28 Mar. 2024 As if her pants weren’t controversial enough, Moss opted for a pair of low-rise skinny jeans—a double whammy for those who want the 2000s to stay dead and buried. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2024

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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 26 May. 2024.

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