perfect storm

noun

Definition of perfect storm

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

Examples of perfect storm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those factors can create the perfect storm for new virus spread, more lives lost and extending the duration of covid-19's dominion over our lives. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | SYLVESTER SMITH: Morning on way," 26 Nov. 2020 Now Evidence suggests that the pandemic created, at times, a road safety perfect storm. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The Year of Driving Less—but More Dangerously," 24 Dec. 2020 While the perfect storm of crises is likely to delay millions of holiday packages and greeting cards, other more essential items, including prescription medications, bills and benefits checks also may be stuck in limbo. Washington Post, "Millions of Christmas presents may arrive late because of USPS package delays," 21 Dec. 2020 Quarantine also creates a perfect storm for making big decisions, says Jacqueline Gollan, a psychiatry professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine who studies decision making. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Caused a Widespread Existential Crisis," 29 Dec. 2020 Computer programs that automate online tasks, called bots, have aligned with the coronavirus pandemic and low inventories of hot products to create a perfect storm of holiday disappointment — or opportunity, depending on your perspective. Washington Post, "Can’t get a PlayStation 5? Meet the Grinch bots snapping up the holidays’ hottest gift.," 16 Dec. 2020 All of those factors now appear to be coming together this year to create a perfect storm. Laura He, CNN, "Chinese state-owned companies are in trouble. That could hurt the global recovery," 9 Dec. 2020 Next year will be no different and there’s a perfect storm brewing. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Mock Draft: First-round projections," 3 Dec. 2020 The perfect storm' Of the 484 deaths where the cause of death has been determined: Almost 300 were accidental deaths involving drugs or alcohol. AZCentral.com, "'A wake-up call': 500 homeless people died in metro Phoenix in first 9 months of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of perfect storm

1998, in the meaning defined above

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10 Feb 2021

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“Perfect storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perfect%20storm. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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