double down

[ duhb-uhl doun ]

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

Origin of double down

First recorded in 1625–35, in another sense

Words Nearby double down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use double down in a sentence

  • 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.