perfect storm


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perfect storm

n.
A disaster or serious difficulty produced by a chance combination of factors.

[After The Perfect Storm, book by Sebastian Junger, which recounts the sinking of a fishing boat in a particularly violent storm.]

perfect storm

n
a combination of events which are not individually dangerous, but occurring together produce a disastrous outcome
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At first some indistinct mutterings arose among them, which were followed by a hiss or two, and these swelled by degrees into a perfect storm.
It was now evening, and by the dim light we could just discern the savage countenances around us, gleaming with wild curiosity and wonder; the naked forms and tattooed limbs of brawny warriors, with here and there the slighter figures of young girls, all engaged in a perfect storm of conversation, of which we were of course the one only theme, whilst our recent guides were fully occupied in answering the innumerable questions which every one put to them.
I have heard a brother of the story-telling trade, at Naples, preaching to a pack of good-for-nothing honest lazy fellows by the sea-shore, work himself up into such a rage and passion with some of the villains whose wicked deeds he was describing and inventing, that the audience could not resist it; and they and the poet together would burst out into a roar of oaths and execrations against the fictitious monster of the tale, so that the hat went round, and the bajocchi tumbled into it, in the midst of a perfect storm of sympathy.
All night long, and every night, on this canal, there was a perfect storm and tempest of spitting; and once my coat, being in the very centre of the hurricane sustained by five gentlemen (which moved vertically, strictly carrying out Reid's Theory of the Law of Storms), I was fain the next morning to lay it on the deck, and rub it down with fair water before it was in a condition to be worn again.
This perfect storm is engulfing nursing and the stakes could scarcely be higher.
A perfect storm of stagnant wages and rising house prices is putting home ownership beyond the reach of Australia's young workers.
4 THE PERFECT STORM (2000) GEORGE CLOONEY plays the skipper of fishing boat the Andrea Gail which was thrashed by 40-foot waves in a "perfect storm" off the coast of Massachusetts in 1991.
The consultancy's report, 'A Perfect Storm for Real Estate in the GCC' , said that this threatens the future of the industry.
The Browning Black Label Perfect Storm falls in the latter group.
AMP is addressing the consequences of this gathering perfect storm of regulatory and reimbursement challenges directed against molecular diagnostic testing with recommendations designed to preserve patient access to these essential medical services," says AMP President Janina Longtine, MD.
In the January 2014 issue of Supply Chain 24/7, an article pointed out the perfect storm of supply chain talent shortages.