Definition of double whammy in English:

double whammy

noun

informal
  • A twofold blow or setback.

    ‘a double whammy of taxation and price increases’
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    • ‘To be honest I was never really into Birthdays and the double whammy of the big 4 0 with the continued concern for Bonnie really put the whole thing to bed.’
    • ‘‘Some schools face a double whammy they use up more resources but don't score well in the tables,’ she said.’
    • ‘Lancaster received a double whammy as Avignon scored two quick tries and ran out 8-4 winners despite a late score to Squires.’
    • ‘The decision to decrease the duration of water supply by two hours in a day is a double whammy.’
    • ‘But the double whammy of increased water and rates bills was not funny - coming fast on the heels of similar hikes in gas and electricity prices.’
    • ‘Drivers caught speeding or running a red light normally get hit with a double whammy - they cop a hefty fine and rack up demerit points on their licence.’
    • ‘Losing Hampton could be a double whammy, a blow to the Mets and a boost to their N.L. East arch rival, the Braves.’
    • ‘Last season's saviour Lee Nogan registered his first points in the chase for this term's Evening Press player of the year award with a double whammy.’
    • ‘For a team struggling to keep going, the double whammy of docking points and insisting on a replay is hard to fathom.’
    • ‘For a few, this is the ultimate double whammy: no home and no income.’
    • ‘It's the double whammy that brings them to their knees.’
    • ‘Now my back pain is not as bad as it was, although I think this is due to the double whammy of tui-na (oriental massage) and the radiotherapy.’
    • ‘Many states, feeling the pinch, cut back their funding to local governments, dealing them a double whammy.’
    • ‘Which gives you the double whammy when you're trying to come up with a name: you don't want to name a child after someone you have despised.’
    • ‘This week includes a double whammy as the little ones can get involved in drama workshops using themes from the RISK exhibition in a bid to boost self-esteem.’
    • ‘We've had a double whammy in the last couple of months in that oil prices have gone up and the Aussie has gone down, very, very sharply.’
    • ‘With tax and interest rate rises on the way, Scottish borrowers are bracing themselves for a double whammy, while savers can look forward to higher returns.’
    • ‘Can we survive this sporting drought for another couple of weeks until the double whammy of the new football season and the Olympics hit with a vengeance?’
    • ‘They will get hit with a double whammy of now paying duty on supplies when they can afford repairs.’
    • ‘Indeed after Shamrocks hit Saval with a double whammy early on in the half, they went on to dominate affairs and they looked the strongest team at the finish.’
    problem, difficulty, issue, hitch, complication, upset, disappointment, misfortune, mishap, piece of bad luck, unfortunate development, reversal, reverse, reverse of fortune
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Origin

1950s: originally with reference to the comic strip Li'l Abner (see whammy).