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noun as in spell

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In a one-two punch, a malaria vaccine in development pairs a shot of the live parasite that causes the disease with a whammy of infection-fighting drugs to immediately quell it.

Nepal is facing a double whammy of disastrous infection rates and depleting vaccine stocks.

From Time

California’s kelp forests, which provide a rich habitat for marine organisms, got hit by a double whammy of ecological disasters in the past decade, says UC Santa Cruz ecologist Mark Carr.

This week, I was dealing with the double whammy of having just returned home after some time away to a mostly empty fridge.

From Eater

I love being able to sing for my job and it’s my passion too, so it’s a double whammy.

From Ozy

Who can forget in 2012 the double whammy of GOP Senate candidates comments about rape?

“The double whammy of those two set me on a course of thinking about issues I had never done before,” Sherwood told the Times.

For stores like Walmart, which sells groceries and other goods to the same customers, the food-stamp cut will be a double-whammy.

Why new cuts will be a double whammy for Bentonville—and anyone with a mutual fund.

This “double whammy” of predation and competition enables jellyfish to cripple a food chain by essentially nibbling at its ankles.

This time they ain't none of them screwy Venusians to put the whammy on him, and he's doing okay.


On this page you'll find 26 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to whammy, such as: hex, abracadabra, charm, conjuration, curse, and hocus-pocus.

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