Pronunciation: (hwam'ē, wam'ē), [key]
—pl. -mies. 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.
4. put the whammy on,
a. to give the evil eye to; jinx.
b. to destroy, end, or eradicate: New controls will put the whammy on irresponsible spending.
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