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This page has two definitions of double whammy in English. Double whammy is a noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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From double +‎ whammy (evil spell; curse or hex), popularized by the American cartoonist Al Capp (1909–1979), in his classic comic strip Li’l Abner (1934–1977).[1]



double whammy (plural double whammies) (informal)

  1. A series of two events that causes adverse effects; a twofold blow or setback.
  2. (by extension) A series of two events that causes positive effects; a twofold boon.

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  1. ^ a double whammy” under “whammy, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2021; “double whammy, n.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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