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Meaning of whammy

wham•my

Pronunciation: (hwam'ē, wam'ē), [key]
— pl. -mies.
  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.
  4. New controls will put the whammy on irresponsible spending.
    1. to give the evil eye to; jinx.
    2. to destroy, end, or eradicate:New controls will put the whammy on irresponsible spending.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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