perfect storm

  1. Meteorology. a very intense and powerful storm arising from the convergence of an unusual set of weather patterns: A dying Hurricane Grace delivered the immeasurable tropical energy needed to create the perfect storm.

  2. 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.

Origin of perfect storm

First recorded in 1935–40 in meteorological sense; in 1997 for current sense, from The Perfect Storm, a nonfiction book by Sebastian Junger, U.S. journalist and author (born 1962)

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British Dictionary definitions for perfect storm

perfect storm

  1. a combination of events which are not individually dangerous, but occurring together produce a disastrous outcome

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