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double Dutch

noun, Slang.
unintelligible or garbled speech or language:
She could have been talking double Dutch for all we understood of it.
Origin of double Dutch
First recorded in 1875-80

Double Dutch

noun, (sometimes lowercase)
a form of the game of jump rope in which two persons, holding the respective ends of two long jump ropes, swing them in a synchronized fashion, usually directed inward so the ropes are going in opposite directions, for one or two others to jump over. Unabridged
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double Dutch

(Brit, informal) incomprehensible talk; gibberish
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Word Origin and History for double Dutch

Double Dutch

"gibberish," 1864 (High Dutch for "incomprehensible language" is recorded from 1789); from double (adj.) + Dutch.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for double Dutch

double Dutch

noun phrase

Language that cannot be understood, esp overly technical jargon: Plain English will do; cut the double Dutch

[1864+; Dutch, ''German,'' being unintelligible, double Dutch is twice as opaque]

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

double Dutch

Language that cannot be understood, gibberish, as in They might have been speaking double Dutch, for all I understood . This usage dates from the 1870s (an earlier version, however, had it as high Dutch ) and is heard less often today than the synonym double talk
A game of jump rope in which players jump over two ropes swung in a crisscross fashion.
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