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double whammy

A situation in which two negative things happen at the same time or in rapid succession. Jack suffered a double whammy when his car broke down the same day he lost his job.
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a double ˈwhammy

(informal) two unpleasant situations or events that happen at the same time and cause problems for somebody/something: With this government we’ve had a double whammy of tax increases and benefit cuts.This phrase comes from the 1950s American cartoon L’il Abner. One of the characters could shoot a whammy (= use magic power to make something bad happen to somebody) by pointing a finger with one eye open, or a double whammy with both eyes open.
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double whammy

(ˈdəblæ ˈʍæmi)
n. a double portion of something, especially something troublesome. (From Li’l Abner, a comic strip by Al Capp.) This morning was bad, but this afternoon the boss gave us a double whammy.
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[USA], Jul 22 ( ANI ): Turns out, rush-hour commuters may be in for a double whammy of pollution exposure.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) hailed a "double whammy of good news for cash-conscious customers" after overall shop prices fell by 0.8%, dropping for the eighth consecutive month and at the fastest pace since its survey began in December 2006.
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THIS is a double whammy. First, conmen coldcall victims flogging an energy-saving device.
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CHANCELLOR George Osborne was given a double whammy of economic bad news as he put the final touches to his second Budget as Chancellor today.
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