- the evil eye; jinx.
- bad luck or misfortune.
- a devastating blow, setback, or catastrophe: The drought and the high price of fertilizer are a double whammy to farmers.
- put the whammy on,
- to give the evil eye to; jinx.
- to destroy, end, or eradicate: New controls will put the whammy on irresponsible spending.
Origin of whammy
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- something which has great, often negative, impactthe double whammy of high interest rates and low wage increases
- an evil spell or curseshe was convinced he had put the whammy on her
C20: wham + -y ²
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Word Origin and History for whammy
often double whammy, "hex, evil eye," 1932, of unknown origin, popularized 1941 in Al Capp's comic strip "Li'l Abner."
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