Dictionary.com

double cross

Save This Word!
See synonyms for: double cross / double crosser / double-crosser / doublecrosser on Thesaurus.com

noun

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.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of double cross

First recorded in 1825–35

Definition for double cross (2 of 2)

double-cross
[ duhb-uhl-kraws, -kros ]
/ ˈdʌb əlˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs /

verb (used with object) Informal.

to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross.

Origin of double-cross

First recorded in 1900–05
double-crosser, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for double cross (1 of 2)

double cross

noun

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)

double-cross

verb

(tr) to cheat or betray

noun

the act or an instance of double-crossing; betrayal
double-crosser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with double cross

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]

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Hate Typos? Get Grammar Coach