From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdouble/triple whammydouble/triple whammy informaltwo or three unpleasant things that happen at or around the same time and cause problems or difficulties for someone or for people in generalThe government’s policy is higher tax and higher interest rates. It’s a double whammy. →whammy
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double/triple whammy• Is he aware that the Labour party will put up both - a double whammy?• In the political parlance of 1992, I suppose it might be said that Mr Platt has given himself a double whammy.• Economic impudence plus political insensitivity combine to make a Kinnockian double whammy that I will voteTory to avoid, however unenthusiastically.• Anyway, in a showbizdouble whammy the boys with the buttocks have been talking to Bryan Burnett.• After the double whammy of rugby in Johannesburg and rowing with Redgrave, though, I more resembled a wizened old man.