perfect storm


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 Many wouldn’t hesitate to call it the perfect storm, in fact. World Economic Forum, Forbes, "Post-Pandemic Leadership: How Managing A Business Is Changing In Times Of Covid-19," 1 Mar. 2021 But this is also the perfect storm because Winthrop has Cinderella written all over it as a No. 12. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA Tournament predictions: Four smartest first-round upset picks of March Madness," 15 Mar. 2021 Hong Kong is in the midst of a perfect storm of a pandemic, social unrest and collateral damage from a trade war. Justin Doebele, Forbes, "Editor’s Sidelines, February/March 2021: Juxtapositions," 3 Mar. 2021 The costs are adding to a perfect storm of food security challenges that have haunted Nigeria throughout the pandemic. Jeremy Diamond, Fortune, "From Brazil to Turkey, food prices are spiking worldwide," 1 Mar. 2021 But laundry employees contend that handling sheets and gowns used by Covid-positive patients is just part of a perfect storm of crowded workplaces and insufficient company precautions. Jacqueline Davalos,, "Hospital Laundry Workers Fear Their Infection Risk Is Rising," 21 Dec. 2020 Between social media and people’s own anxiety and the polarized nature of our country, all these pieces have combined to make sort of a perfect storm around vaccine hesitancy. New York Times, "Why Melinda Gates Spends Time ‘Letting My Heart Break’," 4 Dec. 2020 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

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First Known Use of perfect storm

1998, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Perfect storm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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