[duhb-uh l-dee-ling]


duplicity; treachery; deception.


using duplicity; treacherous.

Origin of double-dealing

First recorded in 1520–30


[duhb-uh l-deel]

verb (used without object), dou·ble-dealt [duhb-uh l-delt] /ˈdʌb əlˈdɛlt/, dou·ble-deal·ing.

to practice double-dealing.

Origin of double-deal

First recorded in 1965–70
Related formsdou·ble-deal·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for double-dealing

Contemporary Examples of double-dealing

  • Well, if Washington had any brains, it would not continue to let Karzai get away with this double-dealing.

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    Shove It, Karzai!

    Leslie H. Gelb

    June 20, 2011

  • It's a legitimate question from those critical of Obama and wary of the Pakistani army's double-dealing.

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    Can This Man End the Afghan War?

    Imtiaz Gul

    October 22, 2010

Historical Examples of double-dealing

British Dictionary definitions for double-dealing



  1. action characterized by treachery or deceit
  2. (as modifier)double-dealing treachery
Derived Formsdouble-dealer, noun
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