Idioms

Origin of double

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin duplus, equivalent to du(o) two + -plus -fold

Related forms

dou·ble·ness, noundou·bler, nounqua·si-dou·ble, adjectivequa·si-dou·b·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for double or quits (1 of 2)

double or quits

noun

a game, throw, toss, etc, to decide whether the stake due is to be doubled or cancelled

British Dictionary definitions for double or quits (2 of 2)

Derived Forms

doubleness, 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 or quits

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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