[ duhb-uhl-dee-ling ]
See synonyms for double-dealing on
  1. duplicity; treachery; deception.

  1. using duplicity; treacherous.

Origin of double-dealing

First recorded in 1520–30

Words Nearby double-dealing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use double-dealing in a sentence

  • De Gery pointed out very clearly all the infamies and all the double dealing which surrounded him.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • At first they thought that they would have to guard themselves against roguery and double-dealing on the part of the tin workers.

    The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
  • His conduct at this time as at all others laid him open to charges of double dealing and treachery.

  • Of course it was done honestly; nobody suspects the Mayor of Boston of double-dealing, of intrigue, or of any indirection!

British Dictionary definitions for double-dealing


    • action characterized by treachery or deceit

    • (as modifier): double-dealing treachery

Derived forms of double-dealing

  • double-dealer, noun

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