Idioms

Origin of double

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin duplus, equivalent to du(o) two + -plus -fold
Related formsdou·ble·ness, noundou·bler, nounqua·si-dou·ble, adjectivequa·si-dou·b·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for double back (1 of 2)

double back


verb

(intr, adverb) to go back in the opposite direction (esp in the phrase double back on one's tracks)

British Dictionary definitions for double back (2 of 2)

Derived Formsdoubleness, noundoubler, noun

Word Origin for double

C13: from Old French, from Latin duplus twofold, from duo two + -plus -fold
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Idioms and Phrases with double back (1 of 2)

double back


Reverse one's course, go back the way one has come. For example, The officer lost the suspect, who had doubled back on him. This term, at first put simply as to double, is used largely to describe a way of evading pursuit. [Late 1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with double back (2 of 2)

double


In addition to the idioms beginning with double

  • double back
  • double bill
  • double cross
  • double date
  • double Dutch
  • double duty
  • double feature
  • double in brass
  • double life
  • double standard
  • double take, do a
  • double talk
  • double up

also see:

  • lead a double life
  • on the double
  • see double
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