double cross


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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM double-cross

double-crosser, noun
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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

Derived forms of double-cross

double-crosser, noun
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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]

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