one-two punch


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one-two punch

n.
1. A combination of two blows delivered in rapid succession in boxing, especially a left lead followed by a right cross.
2. Informal An especially forceful or effective combination or sequence of two things.
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The Rice team suggests maximizing the benefits of synthetic AMPs by using them in drug cocktails that act like a one-two punch for either bacteria or cancer.
In the news release, Toyota Reports November Sales, issued earlier today by Toyota Motor Sales over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the second paragraph, first sentence, should read "'Rising fuel prices and sliding home values delivered a one-two punch this month,' said Jim Lentz, TMS president" rather than "'Rising fuel prices and sliding home values delivered a one-two punch this month,' said Jim Lentz, TMS executive vice president" as originally issued inadvertently.
Highlight tracks: The one-two punch of ``Dilly Dally Daisy'' and ``Keep Up With You.
The one-two punch of avocado and salsa wilt keep your taste buds happily ping-ponging between creamy and zingy.
Some ferrous scrap processors are reporting their lowest inventory levels in recent memory, as the one-two punch affecting industrial and obsolete scrap has caused them to see bare pavement in large portions of their yards.
Although CDP solutions are unlikely to replace traditional backup and recovery strategies in the near term, Kashya's new appliance brings the day nearer with an effective one-two punch.
Kansas gays and lesbians suffered a one-two punch on April 5 when Topeka voters ousted the state's only openly lesbian city council member, Tiffany Muller, and the state passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by a 2-1 margin.
The unprecedented one-two punch of these storms also is making it difficult, in many cases, for adjusters to determine what damage is attributable to Charley and what is attributable to Frances.
Lung cancer is hit by anti-smoking efforts, but all cancers get the one-two punch of better diagnosis and treatment.
Add in the Bush administration's recent rollback of the Clinton-era roadless rule for federal land and it's a potent one-two punch.
Neither vaccine causes serious side effects, and the Merck team is already testing the vaccines in combination as a one-two punch.
The supplement--handily edited by Senior Editor Sam Adler--reviews how the long term care industry has been assaulted by a one-two punch.