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Origin of double cross
Definition for double cross (2 of 2)
verb (used with object) Informal.
Origin of double-cross
OTHER WORDS FROM double-crossdouble-crosser, noun
British Dictionary definitions for double cross (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for double cross (2 of 2)
Derived forms of double-crossdouble-crosser, noun
Idioms and Phrases with 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]