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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
Juliet The double-whammy reveal for William and Emily would involve their wife and mother respectively being revealed as the park's latest human-host hybrid.
Three days later, some residents there continue to suffer through a triple whammy of threats.
But a quadruple whammy of overfishing, sea lamprey predation, alewife invasion and habitat degradation caused stocks of the lake's top native predator to plummet.
But that daily tourist foot traffic masks the slog facing residents enduring a triple whammy of setbacks — lack of insurance, federal aid limits and job loss as most major hotels remain closed.
But the whirlwind that is Masters Week and being a first-time father can exhaust anyone and might be too big a double-whammy to overcome.
Even after the other great double-whammy of the post-World War II era — Vietnam and Watergate — the era of accountability was both limited and brief before Ronald Reagan shut it down with visions of a shining city on a hill.
This recipe makes the most of it, featuring a triple whammy of coconut in the batter—flakes, extract and milk—and a coconut cream cheese frosting.
Upper-middle-class taxpayers in particular could face a triple whammy.
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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.
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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