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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Probably from wham

whammy

noun
     
wham‧my [singular] informal
1ROM

double/triple whammy

two or three unpleasant things that happen at or around the same time and cause problems or difficulties for someone or for people in general:
The government's policy is higher tax and higher interest rates. It's a double whammy.
2

put the whammy on somebody

American English to use magic to make someone have bad luck

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