a betrayal or swindle of a colleague.
an attempt to win a contest that one has agreed beforehand to lose.: Compare cross (def. 21).
Genetics. a cross in which both parents are first-generation hybrids from single crosses, thus involving four inbred lines.
Other definitions for double-cross (2 of 2)
to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross.
- double-crosser, noun
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How to use double cross in a sentence
Made from recycled ocean plastics and spandex, this fully lined top features a scoop neck, thick straps, a double cross back, and cut-out holes in the front that allow water to pass through.The Surf Gear I Rely on from Women-Owned Companies | Rebecca Parsons | January 30, 2021 | Outside Online
Without that break, the double cross deception plan which ensured the success of the D-Day landings could never have gone ahead.Week in Death: The Woman Who Cracked Hitler’s Codes | The Telegraph | November 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
One, the Polish spy Roman Czerniawski, had already changed sides twice before he was brought into the double cross team.
The double cross deception may sound like something out of fiction.
Indeed, Stalin was better informed about the double cross system than Churchill himself.
It looks to me like Uncle Sam was goin' to get the double cross.Boy Scouts in the Philippines | G. Harvey Ralphson
I should have been forced to double-cross my boss, and I'd have hated it.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman | Emma Speed Sampson
Formerly pennies were marked with a double cross and crease, so that it might easily be broken into two or four parts.
And I know youre trying to get the logs cheap now, and give them the double-cross.The Boss of Wind River | David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In all my years and in all my trips over the southwest you are the first westerner to give me the double-cross.Tales of lonely trails | Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for double cross (1 of 2)
a technique for producing hybrid stock, esp seed for cereal crops, by crossing the hybrids between two different pairs of inbred lines
British Dictionary definitions for double-cross (2 of 2)
(tr) to cheat or betray
the act or an instance of double-crossing; betrayal
- double-crosser, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with double cross
A deliberate betrayal; violation of a promise or obligation, as in They had planned a double cross, intending to keep all of the money for themselves. This usage broadens the term's earlier sense in sports gambling, where it alluded to the duplicity of a contestant who breaks his word after illicitly promising to lose. Both usages gave rise to the verb double-cross. [Late 1800s]
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