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whammy

[hwam-ee, wam-ee] /ˈʰwæm i, ˈwæm i/
noun, plural whammies. Informal.
1.
the evil eye; jinx.
2.
bad luck or misfortune.
3.
a devastating blow, setback, or catastrophe:
The drought and the high price of fertilizer are a double whammy to farmers.
Idioms
4.
put the whammy on,
  1. to give the evil eye to; jinx.
  2. to destroy, end, or eradicate:
    New controls will put the whammy on irresponsible spending.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; wham + -y2, one of the methods of putting a whammy on someone being to strike the fist into the palm
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British Dictionary definitions for put the whammy on

whammy

/ˈwæmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
something which has great, often negative, impact the double whammy of high interest rates and low wage increases
2.
an evil spell or curse she was convinced he had put the whammy on her
Word Origin
C20: wham + -y²
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Word Origin and History for put the whammy on

whammy

n.

often double whammy, "hex, evil eye," 1932, of unknown origin, popularized 1941 in Al Capp's comic strip "Li'l Abner."

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