- to check twice or again; recheck.
- a second examination or verification to assure accuracy, proper functioning, or the like.
Origin of double-check
An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
- a simultaneous check by two pieces in which the moving of one piece to give check also results in discovering a check by another piece.
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I think that's what I've been told by experts in the past, will double-check.The Court and Gay Marriage
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To double-check, Taylor was winched out to carry out a physical search of the boat.William's Winchman Wins Bravery Award
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So I'm going to double-check on this one just to make sure.Backstage at Vera Wang
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It might be a case of check and double-check, but the breaks were mostly on Suicide Sasebo's side.Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal
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"Well, all that was simply a check and double-check, you might say," Colonel Welsh said as his face became grave.Dave Dawson at Casablanca
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- to check twice or again; verify
- a second examination or verification
- chess a simultaneous check from two pieces brought about by moving one piece to give check and thereby revealing a second check from another piece
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Word Origin and History for double-check
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