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double-cross

[ duhb-uh l-kraws, -kros ]
/ ˈdʌb əlˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs /
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verb (used with object) Informal.

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

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RELATED WORDS

deceiver, turncoat, fink, rat, traitor, apostate, snitch, recreant, Judas

Nearby words

double-check, double-click, double-clutch, double-crested cormorant, double-crop, double-cross, double-crostic, double-cut, double-date, double-deal, double-dealing

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

double-cross


verb

(tr) to cheat or betray

noun

the act or an instance of double-crossing; betrayal
Derived Formsdouble-crosser, noun
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Word Origin and History for double-crosser

double-cross


n.

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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