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English definition of “one-two punch”

one-two punch

noun [usually S] uk   /ˌwʌnˈtuːˌpʌntʃ/ US us  
two unpleasant things that happen together: The weather delivered a one-two punch to gardeners with unseasonal freezing temperatures and strong winds.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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