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whammy, the

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whammy, the

noun phrase

The evil eye; a crippling curse; hex, the Indian Sign: with a whammy of ordinary indebtedness over his head

Related Terms

double whammy, triple whammy

[1932+; origin unknown; popularized in the comic strip ''Li'l Abner'' by Al Capp, beginning in 1941, where a character named Evil-Eye Fleegle can paralyze with a stare; the dated example is spelled wami]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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