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[duhb-uh l-chek] /ˈdʌb əlˈtʃɛk/
verb (used with or without object)
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

double check

noun, Chess.
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To double-check, he used the radius of the Galaxy as base to calculate the distance.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • "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 Robert Sydney Bowen
  • It might be a case of check and double-check, but the breaks were mostly on Suicide Sasebo's side.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • The crooked system of double-check tenders for timber limits must be altered.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for double-check


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for double-check

1958, from double (adj.) + check (v.). Related: Double-checked; double-checking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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