[ duhb-uhl-doo-tee, -dyoo- ]

  1. designed to fill two functions: double-duty tools.

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

How to use double-duty in a sentence

  • Here the arms are relieved from duty and a double duty is laid on the legs, with the consequence stated.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • Mary, not experienced enough to be left in charge in the sick room, did double duty at home.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land | Annie Fellows Johnston
  • I shall appoint you at once and you shall have a double duty—to serve our simple, kindly people, and to search for a spy.

    Gypsy Flight | Roy J. Snell
  • I knew we should be late; but we'll do double duty at dinner.

    Marion Berkley | Elizabeth B. Comins
  • For two years now I have done a double duty—I have been both resident and controlleur.

    The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham

Other Idioms and Phrases with double-duty


Fulfilling two functions at the same time, as in Our pickup truck does double duty, since it is used for the business and for family outings.

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