I have three (could grow to be more) bad reasons for a situation and I wondered if there is such a thing as a triple whammy that is an extension of the double whammy. From my research online, a triple whammy means a totally different thing. I have pasted the definition that I found in the Free Dictionary, but that originally came from McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions:

triple whammy definition:

1. n. a powerful treatment; a powerful shock : The market crash, the trade figures, and the death of the secretary of defense was a powerful triple whammy in Washington politics this week.

Is this just a higher "degree of badness," or does it mean something different altogether?

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    So you ask if a word exists, and you then give that word with a dictionary definition. What is your question, now that you have answered what you asked?
    – oerkelens
    Apr 14 '14 at 18:41
  • In the example you have given, note that there are 3 different problems that constitute the "triple whammy". I think that you can have arbitrary numbers of whammies. "Quintuple whammy" to me would mean 5 related problems, and "triple whammy" would mean 3 related problems.
    – Trying
    Apr 14 '14 at 18:42
  • The word exists but it doesn't mean what I am trying to use it for. I explained how I am trying to use the word. The definition I found isn't what I want.
    – Keneni
    Apr 14 '14 at 18:42
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    What exactly do you think "double whammy" means? Because as the definition you quoted demonstrates, "triple whammy" means precisely what it sounds like it means: a double whammy, only more so.
    – Marthaª
    Apr 14 '14 at 18:51
  • A market crash, bad trade figures and a death aren't all blows or setbacks?
    – Oldcat
    Apr 14 '14 at 18:52

According to Wikipedia, double whammy can be applied to multiple things as well.

An English expression meaning multiple (or a combination of) negative circumstances, events, or effects. Sometimes hyphenated.

Though triple whammy is used in the sense you want also and Wiktionary has a definition:

a threefold blow or setback (popularized in the Li'l Abner comic strip)

And it can be used as "quadruple whammy", "quintuple whammy" etc...


I am going to give you a detailed guide on how to use the word whammy.

In American slang the term whammy is highly affiliated with the old game show Press Your Luck.

No whammy, no whammy, big money, big bucks, stop!

The term and its association go hand in hand when you are speaking.

One whammy is fine, play on.

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Double whammy, maybe a little more cautious.

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Triple whammy, well now you are on your last leg.

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Quadruple whammy, BUZZZ! you are done.

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No one will understand quintuple whammy or anything above that, and even using quadruple is pressing your luck.


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