a double whammy

a double whammy

  (informal)
a situation where two bad things happen at the same time Critics claim that the cuts in public spending coupled with a pay freeze is a double whammy which will affect low-paid workers badly.
See also: double, whammy
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SCOTLAND'S high streets have enjoyed their best performance for more than two years after a double whammy of summer sunshine and Andy Murray's Wimbledon success boosted sales.
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BUS users face a double whammy of rising fares and cuts to services as council transport budgets are slashed by over pounds 500,000.
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And," continued staff writer Jonah Bloom, "in a double whammy, BLJ has also hired John Gans.
It's a double whammy for ratepayers - and a cash cow for city governments.
However, the hazelnut taxanes represent a double whammy.
Rising unemployment and a cool housing market constitute a double whammy for distressed homeowners.
A new study suggests that when they plow into a planet, a small but significant number of asteroids literally pack a double whammy -- because they come in pairs.
The Dead Sea packs a double whammy for drowning swimmers--if they survive the effects of inhaling water, the high salt content in the water they swallow can kill them hours or days later.