one-two punch

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one-two punch

1. In boxing, two quick hits to one's opponent in rapid succession. The boxer's one-two punch was feared by his opponents in the ring.
2. Two negative events that happen at the same time or in rapid succession. My electricity being shut off the same day I lost my job was a terrible one-two punch.
See also: punch
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Highlight tracks: The one-two punch of ``Dilly Dally Daisy'' and ``Keep Up With You.
The one-two punch of avocado and salsa wilt keep your taste buds happily ping-ponging between creamy and zingy.
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After the one-two punch of the self-penned "Chronicles" and Martin Scorsese's documentary "No Direction Home," Dylan has kept a lower profile in recent months.
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With the open source roots of Fonality's PBXtra, we are able to offer businesses the one-two punch of enterprise-class features and value pricing," said Chris Lyman, Fonality's founder and CEO.
The one-two punch to our heart and guts is a reminder that we are of one body.
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