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double-faced

[duhb-uh l-feyst]
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adjective
  1. practicing duplicity; hypocritical.
  2. having two faces or aspects.
  3. having two usable sides, especially two sides designed to be used in the same manner: double-faced adhesive tape.
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Origin of double-faced

First recorded in 1565–75
Related formsdou·ble-fac·ed·ly [duhb-uh l-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-] /ˈdʌb əlˈfeɪ sɪd li, -ˈfeɪst-/, adverbdou·ble-fac·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for double-faced

Historical Examples

  • He's a double-faced swab, and a thundering hypocrite as well.

    Tessa

    Louis Becke

  • Notwithstanding, they are often cheated and ill-used by these double-faced dealers.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • Obviously it was not lack of skill that produced the double-faced phrases.

  • And this double-faced proceeding is his bid for the Presidency.

  • We have suspected for some time that he was a double-faced fellow.


British Dictionary definitions for double-faced

double-faced

adjective
  1. (of textiles) having a finished nap on each side; reversible
  2. insincere or deceitful
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