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1An event with a powerful and unpleasant effect; a blow.‘the third whammy was the degradation of the financial system’See also double whammy
shock, surprise, bombshell, bolt from the blue, bolt out of the blue, thunderbolt, jolt, rude awakeningView synonyms
- ‘The final whammy is the twisted bowel operation.’
- ‘Scottish Natural Heritage is facing a triple whammy of objections which are to be lodged with the Scottish parliament calling for an investigation into the activities of the conservation quango.’
- ‘‘When you have people who have a diet that's very high in animal fat, they get the full whammy of the contaminants,’ said David Carpenter, who supervised the St. Lawrence Island studies.’
- ‘Shazia, growing up in the United Kingdom, faced the triple whammy of being Asian, Muslim and female.’
- ‘York Wasps suffered a triple whammy yesterday as the big winter freeze put paid to the New Year's Day clash against Swinton Lions.’
- ‘Mr Denham's departure was the third blow of a triple whammy that saw Leader of the House Robin Cook and two junior ministers, including Mr Denham, quit their jobs.’
- ‘This extremely talkative Plateau-born downtown resident has been putting the hypnosis whammy on people for over 50 years now.’
- ‘Maumere Bay is slowly recovering from a triple whammy: earthquake, tidal waves and a cyclone.’
- ‘But there can't be recovery if we triple and quadruple whammy these reefs.’
- ‘The quadruple whammy is hitting winemakers like a 10-ton barrel.’
- ‘He said: ‘This is very much a triple whammy for the motorist and even a quadruple whammy if you happen to drive a diesel-powered vehicle.’’
- ‘But then the organisers came in with a whammy that left the undefeated team and its supporters scratching their heads!’
- ‘The dinosaurs, they say, were killed not by a lone asteroid strike but by the quadruple whammy of global climate change, massive volcanism, and not one but two gigantic collisions.’
- ‘Discrete little chunks of Thursday, that weren't goo-worthy in themselves, seem to have joined forces in the night and put the goo whammy on me this morning.’
- ‘So this week I've had the triple whammy of being busy, edgy and suddenly noticing a few people around seem to be looking unexpectedly good.’
- ‘They have to think of one policy package and strategy to stop the triple whammy of falling stocks, bonds and the yen.’
- ‘The triple whammy of destruction greatly increases chances of developing an ‘age-related’ eye disease.’
- ‘Playing the what-if game, the U.S. could face a quadruple whammy if OPEC stops cheating and Venezuela doesn't get its act together and a war disrupts Middle Eastern oil and we get a very cold winter.’
- ‘It had a triple whammy of problems: poor content, latencies and content not suitable for the format, as well as a bad UI.’
- ‘Our economy suffered a triple whammy this year - we were hit by Sars, the Iraq war, and then the world economic downturn.’
- 1.1US An evil or unlucky influence.‘I've come to put the whammy on them’
- ‘Using 11 ‘magical crystals’ and a giant crystal ‘to receive and transmit positive thoughts,’ Geller put the whammy on the opposition.’
1940s: from the noun wham + -y; associated from the 1950s with the comic strip Li'l Abner, in which the hillbilly Evil-Eye Fleagle could “shoot a whammy” (put a curse on somebody) by pointing a finger with one eye open, and a double whammy with both eyes open.
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