noun (plural whammies)informal
1An event with a powerful and unpleasant effect; a blow: the third whammy was the degradation of the financial system See also double whammy.
More example sentences
- Mr Denham's departure was the third blow of a triple whammy that saw Leader of the House Robin Cook and two junior ministers, including Mr Denham, quit their jobs.
- He said: ‘This is very much a triple whammy for the motorist and even a quadruple whammy if you happen to drive a diesel-powered vehicle.’
- Playing the what-if game, the U.S. could face a quadruple whammy if OPEC stops cheating and Venezuela doesn't get its act together and a war disrupts Middle Eastern oil and we get a very cold winter.
Definition of whammy in:
- The US English dictionary