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[duhb-uh l-dip] /ˈdʌb əlˈdɪp/
verb (used without object), double-dipped, double-dipping.
Informal. to earn a salary from one position while collecting a pension from the same employer or organization, especially to be a wage earner on the federal payroll while receiving a military retiree's pension.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a double dip.
Origin of double-dip
First recorded in 1960-65
Related forms
double-dipper, noun

double dip

a complement equal to the original; a double measure:
a double dip of protection through both insurance and Social Security.
something that happens twice in a cycle, especially on a downturn:
a double dip of recession. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for double-dip

double dip

  1. a recession in which a brief recovery in output is followed by another fall, because demand remains low
  2. (as modifier): a double-dip recession
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Contemporary definitions for double-dip

to dip a food item into a sauce or dip, take a bite, and then dip it in the sauce again


It was embarrassing when she double-dipped.

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informal; also double dip , (n.)'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for double-dip



The practice of holding a second job that has retirement benefits while receiving a pension from former employment


  1. To dip a food item into a sauce or dip, take a bite, and then dip it in the sauce again: You can double-dip at home, but not at a party
  2. To get money from two sources, often in a way that is not legal or by simultaneously drawing a government pension and holding a job

[1970s+; fr an ice-cream cone with two dips, scoops, of ice cream]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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