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 up (1 of 2)

double up

verb (adverb)

to bend or cause to bend in twohe doubled up with the pain
(intr) to share a room or bed designed for one person, family, etc
(intr) British to use the winnings from one bet as the stake for anotherUS and Canadian term: parlay

British Dictionary definitions for double up (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 up (1 of 2)

double up

1

Bend over suddenly, as in pain or laughter. For example, She doubled up with a cramp. [Late 1800s]


2

Share accommodations meant for one person, as in The hotel ran out of rooms, so we had to double up. [Late 1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with double up (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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