double in brass
Serve in two capacities, as in In this company everyone is asked to double in brass occasionally. This expression was originally used in the traveling circus, where, for example, a clown was also expected to play an instrument in the street parade. The original allusion, however, is to an instrumentalist who plays more than one instrument in an ensemble, a practice particularly common among players of brass instruments. [Late 1800s]
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This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
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In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
All things are double, one against another, and he hath made nothing defective.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The way was under a double row of tall trees, which met at the top and formed a green arch over our heads.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay