Cards. (in blackjack) to double an initial bet, on the condition that one can be dealt only one more card: Will you double down and beat the dealer?
to increase one’s efforts or hold to a position or opinion, especially when vulnerable or taking a risk: He has continued to defend his controversial interpretation of the document, doubling down on what he sees as the truth.
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How to use double down in a sentence
Faced with the loss of middle class voters, the administration seems determined to double down on its current coalition.
They double down on the plot device of a lone visionary opposed by conventional hierarchies.
I think we can reasonably expect Tillis to double down on the issue, and it would be horrible to see Hagan lose because of it.
It seems almost un-American to double down on the Clinton and Bush dynasties that ran the country for a generation.
Reading double down and The Gamble side by side is both fascinating and illuminating.The Anti-‘Game Change’: ‘The Gamble’ Shows How Obama Really Won | Stuart Stevens | November 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I felt I was producing a bad impression, but with my double down there it was most trying to be on deck.The Secret Sharer | Joseph Conrad
He will turn a double down through the stoutest grass, and when the hay is raked away you will not find a spear left standing.In the Catskills | John Burroughs
Then the column proceeded at the double down the slope that led to the Étang-des-Moines.The Frontier | Maurice LeBlanc
Five minutes later Tarleton, with a third of the men, went off at the double down the path.In Greek Waters | G. A. Henty
As puss went away from the gorse, or raced down the turnip-rigg, I took in every twist and double down to the minutest detail.The Confessions of a Poacher | Anonymous