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wham·my

 (wăm′ē, hwăm′ē)
n. pl. wham·mies Slang
1. A supernatural spell for subduing an adversary; a hex: put the whammy on someone.
2. A serious or devastating setback: "The triple whammy: government cuts, declining corporate giving, and less favorable tax laws" (New York Times).

[Perhaps from wham.]

whammy

(ˈwæmɪ)
n, pl -mies
1. something which has great, often negative, impact: the double whammy of high interest rates and low wage increases.
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) an evil spell or curse: she was convinced he had put the whammy on her.
[C20: wham + -y2]

wham•my

(ˈʰwæm i, ˈwæm i)

n., pl. -mies. Slang.
1. the evil eye; hex.
2. a devastating blow, setback, or catastrophe.
[1935–40; wham + -y2, one of the methods of putting a whammy on someone being to strike the fist into the palm]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whammy - a serious or devastating setback
setback, reversal, reverse, black eye, blow - an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
2.whammy - an evil spell; "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me"
magic spell, magical spell, charm, spell - a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"

whammy

noun
Slang. An object or power that one uses to cause often evil events:
Translations

whammy

[ˈwæmɪ] N (US) → mala sombra f, mala suerte f, mala pata f
see also double F

whammy

n a double/triple whammyein doppelter/dreifacher Schlag
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