double down

[ duhb-uhl doun ]

verb
  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

1
First recorded in 1625–35, in another sense

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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.