a supernatural power, spirit or curse, responsible for punishment or retribution. A fanciful evocation, adapting the colloquial term 'wham', imitative of a heavy blow. The word is sometimes part of the phrase 'to put the whammy on (someone or something)'.
► 'Sarge, you got the whammy on me!' (Bilko, US TV series, 1957)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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