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[too-tahym] /ˈtuˌtaɪm/
verb (used with object), two-timed, two-timing. Informal.
to be unfaithful to (a lover or spouse).
to double-cross.
Origin of two-time
First recorded in 1925-30
Related forms
two-timer, noun Unabridged
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  • Certain also that the two-time polka was the dance of the young man's native land.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • Now, waltzers in two-time always move very rapidly; indeed, that is the main purpose of the innovation.

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
British Dictionary definitions for two-time


(informal) to deceive (someone, esp a lover) by carrying on a relationship with another
Derived Forms
two-timer, noun
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Word Origin and History for two-time

"to deceive, cheat, betray," 1924, perhaps from notion of "to have two at a time." An earlier reference (1922) in a Kentucky criminal case and involves a double-cross or betrayal, without a romance angle. Related: two-timing (adj.); two-timer.

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Slang definitions & phrases for two-time



To deceive and betray someone; esp, to betray one's proper sweetheart by consorting with someone else: Two-Timing Boy Wrecks Girl's Dream

[1924+; perhaps fr two at a time; perhaps fr making time with two at once]

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