perfect storm


: a critical or disastrous situation created by a powerful concurrence of factors

Examples of perfect storm in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perfect storm was in 1998

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“Perfect storm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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