[duhb-uh l-kraws, -kros]

verb (used with object) Informal.

to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross.

Nearby words

  1. double-check,
  2. double-click,
  3. double-clutch,
  4. double-crested cormorant,
  5. double-crop,
  6. double-crostic,
  7. double-cut,
  8. double-date,
  9. double-deal,
  10. double-dealing

Origin of double-cross

First recorded in 1900–05

Related formsdou·ble-cross·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper