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Examples of whammy in a Sentence
if you tell anyone about this, I swear I'll put the whammy on you
put the whammy on herself by publicly predicting that she would win the tennis tournament
Recent Examples of whammy from the Web
Parkins even invented an electric harp with a whammy bar, a device usually reserved for guitars.
Chronic wasting disease has been a double whammy for Ken Reber of Wisconsin Rapids.
Vitamin C: This potent antioxidant brightens skin and helps fade the sun spots that make your skin look flat and dull — a double whammy.
A double whammy of unexpected weather destroyed most of the peach crops in the Southeast.
The big whammy from those tax hikes came last year, when City Hall property taxes rose by $318 million and overall city property taxes went up by nearly 13 percent, or about $413 for the average homeowner.
Trump had delivered a double whammy of pulling out of the Pacific trade agreement and the Paris climate accord.
The network's bottom line has been adversely affected in recent years by the double whammy of a dwindling subscriber base and an astronomical increase in broadcast rights fees.
After a double whammy of government intervention and the near-collapse of mortgage lender Home Capital Group Inc., sellers are rushing to list their homes to avoid missing out on recent price gains.
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Did You Know?
The origin of whammy is not entirely certain, but it is assumed to have been created by combining wham (a solid blow) with the whimsical -y ending. The first example of whammy in print occured in 1940, but the word was popularized in the 1950s by the cartoonist Al Capp in the comic strip Li'l Abner. The character Evil-Eye Fleegle could paralyze someone with the sheer power of his gaze. The single whammy was a look with one eye, and the fearsome double whammy used both eyes. As you may know, double whammy has also found a place in English as a general term. It means "a combination of two adverse forces, circumstances, or effects" - in other words, a one-two punch.
Origin and Etymology of whammy
probably from 1wham
First Known Use: 1940See Words from the same year
WHAMMY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of whammy for English Language Learners
: something (such as a magical spell) that causes someone to have bad luck
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