[ duhb-uh l-kraws, -kros ]
/ ˈdʌb əlˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs /
verb (used with object) Informal.
to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross.
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Origin of double-cross
First recorded in 1900–05
Related formsdou·ble-cross·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for double-crosser
(tr) to cheat or betray
the act or an instance of double-crossing; betrayal
Derived Formsdouble-crosser, noun
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Word Origin and History for double-crosser
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.
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