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double whammy


a combination of two unfortunate or negative circumstances or events

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from Li'l Abner cartoon strip

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double whammy

noun phrase

A two-part or two-pronged difficulty; a dual disadvantage: the double-whammy of steep home prices and steeper interest rates (1940s+)

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the whammy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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