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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
Tim Sagert has been enduring the pain of a double-whammy of identity theft.
Behold, then, the existential threat of a double-whammy.
Upper-middle-class taxpayers in particular could face a triple whammy.
But on one play in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines were hit with a double-whammy on the injury front.
Giving away points at the foul line is bad enough, but for the Magic, doing so is a double-whammy.
Such a double-whammy of fears has its own name: paraskevidekatriaphobia.
Hotels in Birmingham were also filling up, thanks to a double-whammy of having evacuees coming to the Magic City along with football teams from Florida and elsewhere playing relocated games at Legion Field.
Prosecco offers a triple whammy of carbonation, sweetness and alcohol, which can put your teeth at risk, leading to sensitivity and enamel erosion.
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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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