[duhb-uh l-kraws, -kros]
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
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(tr) to cheat or betray
the act or an instance of double-crossing; betrayal
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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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