American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Slang Used to indicate the startling abruptness of a sound, action, or event: "The alarm goes off and—whammo!—we're all at our assigned stations” ( Meg Greenfield).
- interj. used to emphasis the suddenness of an event
- From wham (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of wham. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I was up late doing laundry, when whammo, my wash machine went wonky.”
“No, get this: my darling little nerd was following along in line, his mind on how depressing gym class is, his hands in his pockets, HIS EYES SHUT, and whammo!”
“And just when you think that an evil character might have found redemption, whammo, he comes up with a shard of porcelain.”
“Then, a couple of months later, take the same rifle to the range, fire a couple of fouling shots, and whammo!, the damn thing is shooting to a different POA!”
“Too bad too beacuse this movie has tight dircetion (lot of tense scenes in this one) and a wonderfully written script (Dark humor, twists, subplots, and a whammo of a surprise ending)!”
“On TV replays he appeared to extend his leg, bend his knee forward and — whammo — Mr. Carroll went tumbling to the ground, toppled by a coach.”
“Suggest to women, however, that they have a particular need to be careful; about their “virtue”, in that quaint phrase, and whammo, an Amazonian spear buries itself in your spine.”
“He's such a trusting soul, and this is the first whammo that's ever happened to him.”
“My version of this: take any Clinton spokesperson's remarks, substitute "brains" -- half-spoken, half-moaned -- for "strength and experience," and ... whammo!”
“If Israel actually bombs Iran this summer, Iran will strike back, and whammo we are back to martial music on the radio and flags waving from car antennas.”
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