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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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At $220 suggested retail, the Browning Perfect Storm is a wicked bit of business that will serve you well.
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If the Frankenstorm" hits New York, the city could shut down its mass-transit system ahead of time to prevent people from being trapped in underground floods caused by the latest perfect storm.
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Longford was an idealistic -- perhaps too idealistic -- man crushed by a perfect storm of events in confluence, and Broadbent subtly underscores the tragedy in the man's life.
Sponsored by New York Private Bank & Trust, the luncheon speaking program will examine national interest in the NYC real estate investment market, as recent shifts in residential real estate prices and the upswing in commercial properties in Manhattan create a potential perfect storm for investment.
Karen Brown, the former Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer who became Oakland Ballet's artistic director in 2000, noted that "the company was in the eye of the perfect storm.
The perfect storm has brewed not just on the Gulf Coast, but in Detroit as well, and Katrina could change the game for a long time.
For the above reasons, the one to back at 20-1 this morning is Perfect Storm, who bounced back to form on soft ground at Yarmouth last time when hacking up in a competitive handicap run at a strong pace, and can race off the same mark as when a close fourth in a top-class handicap at York earlier in the season.
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.