- to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross.
Origin of double-cross
- 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.
Origin of double cross
Related Words for double-crossbeguile, betray, bluff, cheat, con, cross, deceive, defraud, dupe, hoodwink, humbug, juggle, mislead, scam, sell, split, swindle, trick, two-time, four-flush
Examples from the Web for double-cross
Historical Examples of double-cross
I might have had sense enough to see he'd take the first chance to hand me the double-cross.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The only one who didn't give me the double-cross out and out.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
He wouldn't "double-cross" the "Gink" or anyone else for money, see?Spring Street
James H. Richardson
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
The islander had tried twice to-night to give him the double-cross.El Diablo
- (tr) to cheat or betray
- the act or an instance of double-crossing; betrayal
- a technique for producing hybrid stock, esp seed for cereal crops, by crossing the hybrids between two different pairs of inbred lines
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]