verb (used with object) Informal.
- double-crested cormorant,
Origin of double-cross
Origin of double cross
Examples from the Web for double-cross
"But they double-cross me every chance they get, Judson," he said as they walked to the county courthouse together.Mountain|Clement Wood
Tried to double-cross me with a friend—but one that counted!The Salamander|Owen Johnson
But he's a hard man with bad intentions toward Jennie, an' I'd double-cross him any day.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
You must have been locoed or drunk, to double-cross me thet way.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
It didn't seem possible that Bridge could be going to double-cross him.The Mucker|Edgar Rice Burroughs
1834, from double (adj.) + cross (n.) in the sense of "pre-arranged swindle or fix." Originally to win a race after promising to lose it. As a verb from 1903, American English. Related: Double-crossed; double-crossing.
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]