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.
Recent Examples on the Web Alabama and Clemson have already played 15-game seasons, thanks to the double whammy of a league title game and the four-team playoff. John Zenor, Chron, 9 Aug. 2021 Some community leaders said the double whammy suppressed the final numbers despite the rising numbers of Latinos and Asians. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2021 The threadbare snow cover, combined with the hot temperatures, is a double whammy, said Carlson, potentially driving glacier melt at a rapid rate. oregonlive, 5 Aug. 2021 Ballparks are big business in Palm Beach County — but a double whammy threatens to put a major dent in county coffers. Wells Dusenbury,, 31 July 2021 The dearth of news and game reveals is likely due to a double whammy from the pandemic. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 Didi now faces a double whammy: regulatory action at home and blowback from U.S. and global investors who wonder how the company could have gone ahead with a listing while under a regulatory cloud. Keith Zhai, WSJ, 9 July 2021 From lumber for home improvements to lettuce and meat for our hamburgers and chocolate garnishes for our ice creams, consumers are being hit by a double whammy: supply challenges and inflated prices. Curt Mueller, Forbes, 14 June 2021 But after the double whammy of winter and quarantine, it's never felt so true. Jennifer Berno Decleene, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of double whammy

1951, in the meaning defined above

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29 Aug 2021

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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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