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perfect storm

noun
1.
a detrimental or calamitous situation or event arising from the powerful combined effect of a unique set of circumstances:
a perfect storm battering corporate pension plans.
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  • He was in a perfect storm of passion, and threatened every one of the servants with severe punishment, to extort confession.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It is, as you say, most unhappy—a perfect storm, a hurricane.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • The weather appeared to have changed; and it was now raining heavily, and blowing a perfect storm.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • But when the last condition was announced it was met with a perfect storm of rage.

    Lords of the World Alfred John Church
  • But the white lad was on his feet again in an instant, and showering on the black a perfect storm of kicks and blows.

British Dictionary definitions for perfect storm

perfect storm

noun
1.
a combination of events which are not individually dangerous, but occurring together produce a disastrous outcome
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Contemporary definitions for perfect storm
noun

a weather pattern involving the collision of a northeaster, a large high pressure system, and unusually cold Canadian air pushing down plus moisture and warm air pushing up from a hurricane to the south to create a 'once-in-a-lifetime' storm

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A perfect storm is a weather phenomenon that develops maybe two or three times every century.

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