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[duhb-uh l-doo-tee, -dyoo-] /ˈdʌb əlˈdu ti, -ˈdyu-/
designed to fill two functions:
double-duty tools. Unabridged
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  • Few women are firm enough to understand and practise this double duty.

    The Two Brothers Honore de Balzac
  • Machines, cooking apparatus, maps and blackboard all do double duty.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • It was subjected to a double duty, one of four cents on the pound, and the other of fifty per cent.

  • He is often not satisfied with one meaning from a word, but will make it do double duty.

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • But they were to have a double duty: they were not only an administrative, but also a legislative council.

  • But, since the gal ain't got no mother, I've got t' do double duty.

    Janet of the Dunes Harriet T. Comstock
Idioms and Phrases with double duty

double duty

Fulfilling two functions at the same time, as in Our pickup truck does double duty, since it is used for the business and for family outings.
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