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.
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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How to use perfect storm in a sentence
It was the perfect storm of free time, access to social media and increasingly user-friendly ways of trading stocks, like smartphone apps.GameStop’s craze has caught the eye of a new set of investors: Children | Heather Kelly | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Together, at midday, these create “kind of a perfect storm that makes people tired,” Mednick says.Nap time is the new coffee break. Here’s how to make the most of it. | Galadriel Watson | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
A pandemic that shuts down campuses could—and probably should—create a perfect storm.
Given these shifts, on top of state Republicans’ blatant mishandling of the pandemic, and the subsequent economic fallout, we could very well now be in the middle of a perfect storm that ends decades of Republican control of Texas.Democrats have a once-in-a-generation opportunity in Texas | matthewheimer | October 30, 2020 | Fortune
All this created “a perfect storm from a cash perspective,” the CEO of Portfolio Recovery Associates, Encore’s main competitor, told Wall Street analysts.Debt Collectors Have Made a Fortune This Year. Now They’re Coming for More. | by Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen | October 5, 2020 | ProPublica
The perfect storm writer talks combat brotherhood and the threat posed by growing wealth inequality.Sebastian Junger on War, Loss, and a Divided America | The Daily Beast Video | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It took a perfect storm of things to take me down, and the same kinds of things to get me back.Jenny Lewis on 'The Voyager,' the End of Rilo Kiley, and High School Classmate Angelina Jolie | Marlow Stern | August 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The result was a perfect storm of commuter congestion where “normal Caracas chaos became absolute mayhem.”Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time? | Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez | June 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Has the Sterling decision set a new standard or was the Sterling ban part of a perfect storm?Mark Cuban Warns That Basketball Players Could Get the Sterling Treatment Next | Evan Weiner | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In other words, we have a perfect storm of societal systems that disproportionately target our LGBT youth.
Everybody clapped their hands and stomped on the floor like a perfect storm, whilst the king held up his head and smiled proud.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A perfect storm of welcome greeted him, and mutual surprise and delight were exhibited by all.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
She let go a perfect storm of general denunciation, then narrowed the attack to Samuel Clemens as the oldest of the party.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
Expecting Reno would make a dash such as his own, he had gallantly ridden forward, to be met by a perfect storm of flame and lead.The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White
In an incredibly short time houses were entirely unroofed, and a perfect storm of tiles rained upon the quays and streets.
British Dictionary definitions for perfect storm
a combination of events which are not individually dangerous, but occurring together produce a disastrous outcome
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