Definition of double whammy in US English:

double whammy


  • A twofold blow or setback.

    ‘a double whammy of taxation and price increases’
    • ‘It's the double whammy that brings them to their knees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The decision to decrease the duration of water supply by two hours in a day is a double whammy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Some schools face a double whammy they use up more resources but don't score well in the tables,’ she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many states, feeling the pinch, cut back their funding to local governments, dealing them a double whammy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Losing Hampton could be a double whammy, a blow to the Mets and a boost to their N.L. East arch rival, the Braves.’
    • ‘For a team struggling to keep going, the double whammy of docking points and insisting on a replay is hard to fathom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They will get hit with a double whammy of now paying duty on supplies when they can afford repairs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 few, this is the ultimate double whammy: no home and no income.’
    • ‘Lancaster received a double whammy as Avignon scored two quick tries and ran out 8-4 winners despite a late score to Squires.’
    problem, difficulty, issue, hitch, complication, upset, disappointment, misfortune, mishap, piece of bad luck, unfortunate development, reversal, reverse, reverse of fortune
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1950s: originally with reference to the comic strip Li'l Abner (see whammy).


double whammy

/ˈˌdəbəl ˈ(h)wamē/