American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A supernatural spell for subduing an adversary; a hex: put the whammy on someone.
- n. Slang A serious or devastating setback: "The triple whammy: government cuts, declining corporate giving, and less favorable tax laws” ( New York Times).
- n. an evil spell
- n. a serious or devastating setback
- Perhaps from wham. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But what seems to be a double whammy is that with Social Networks is if you want you can be anonymous and reach out and make a new connection.”
“This time it's a double whammy from a single family, with Federal Housing Finance Board Chairman John T. Korsmo and his wife Michelle, who has worked as deputy chief of staff to Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, coming under fire from the Justice Deparment for obstruction of justice in an investigation of campaign finance irregularities.”
“So older people who skimp on protein really get a double whammy, which is why they are often vitamin B12 deficient.”
“REED: Yes, I think it's such an emotional whammy, which is why, you know, you can forgive the mayor for saying, oh, come on, let's come back in, despite what we just saw on TV.”
“In the first show, for example, Dyrdek asks Chanel "West Coast" what comes to mind when she hears the term "double whammy.”
“As an expression for an evil influence or hex, a "whammy" was added to the vernacular in 1941 when a boxing manager said a "double whammy" was the only way African-American boxer Joe Lewis was ever to be knocked out.”
“I use the "whammy" setting (Pd for Zoom users) of my GFX-1 to do the dives/reverse dives.”
“Wrigley had either seen a professional wrestling match or read about one in which a wrestler used an assistant to cast spells and hexes or otherwise put a 'whammy' on his opponent.”
“A discussion about the hex, the spell, the "whammy" kind of curses.”
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