whammy

Definitions of whammy
  1. noun
    an evil spell
    “he put the whammy on me”
    synonyms: curse, hex, jinx
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    type of:
    charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell
    a verbal formula believed to have magical force
  2. noun
    a serious or devastating setback
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    type of:
    black eye, blow, reversal, reverse, setback
    an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
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