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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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 Meanwhile, Trump’s get-tough trade policies hit Harley-Davidson with a double whammy. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Trump's trade war comes to Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 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

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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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