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perfect storm

A chance or rare combination of individual elements, circumstances, or events that together form a disastrous, catastrophic, or extremely unpleasant problem or difficulty. The incumbent mayor's re-election campaign is getting underway amidst a perfect storm of allegations and news stories about corruption, tax evasion, and racketeering within the city's government. The oil crisis has set off a perfect storm in the Middle East, where foreign leaders have depended on its economic stability to keep their warring countries from absolute chaos and anarchy.
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I]t's a perfect storm of cultural weather patterns that you'd expect to be brewed only in, say, the East Village, Dupont Circle or the intersection of Haight and Ashbury.
What we see now in Washington is a perfect storm for monstrous deficits, hasty expansion of a popular entitlement for political gain in 2004.
Once the '60s soul revolution collapsed in a perfect storm of changing tastes and times, so many of its proponents faded away or just turned into nostalgia shows.
An animated woman with the body of a dancer and cascades of dreadlocks piled into a half-foot-high bun, she arrived like a perfect storm .
Like weather patterns, scandals sometimes generate their own energy, and the forces driving the New York Times' Jayson Blair affair now have converged in a perfect storm of controversy.