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 The 2022 tax season, predicted by some to be a perfect storm, is coming to a close with barely a stiff wind. Erin Prater, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2022 Katrina Velasquez, managing principal of Center Road Solutions, said the pandemic was a perfect storm for eating disorders, which thrive in secrecy. Sandhya Raman, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2022 And the perfect storm is brewing this holiday season with bad weather, a shortage of airline staff, and a post-lockdown surge of fliers (airline bookings for Thanksgiving were up 78 percent over 2020). Rachel Ng, Outside Online, 16 Dec. 2021 These properties are usually charming, well-photographed and aggressively priced — the perfect storm for a bidding war. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 In other words, this is a perfect storm of economic and geopolitical events that should, theoretically, be great for Bitcoin. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Combine this erosion with preexisting distrust among marginalized communities and it’s a perfect storm that has been years in the making but will take years to rectify. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Severe weather in Texas and a factory fire in Japan also brought on a perfect storm of bad luck that exacerbated the crises. Ran Poliakine, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Faulconer’s perfect setup may have turned into a perfect storm. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of perfect storm

1998, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

5 May 2022

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“Perfect storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perfect%20storm. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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