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perfect storm

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. Unabridged
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  • And yet, when she had finished, there was a perfect storm of "Bravos."

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It is, as you say, most unhappy—a perfect storm, a hurricane.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • A perfect storm of grief had just spent itself and left me weak and weary.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • When she did weep, she did weep—a perfect storm of tears that shook and exhausted her.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Amid a perfect storm of shot it returned safely to its lines.

British Dictionary definitions for perfect storm

perfect storm

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

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


A perfect storm is a weather phenomenon that develops maybe two or three times every century.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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