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double standard

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noun
  1. any code or set of principles containing different provisions for one group of people than for another, especially an unwritten code of sexual behavior permitting men more freedom than women.Compare single standard(def 1).
  2. Economics. bimetallism.
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Origin of double standard

First recorded in 1950–55
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  • Whether he would wish his sons to follow in his double-standard footsteps?

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    Cleveland Moffett

  • Whether he is glad or sorry to think of the effects that his double-standard pleasures have had upon American women?

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    Cleveland Moffett


British Dictionary definitions for double standard

double standard

noun
  1. a set of principles that allows greater freedom to one person or group than to another
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Idioms and Phrases with double standard

double standard

A set of principles establishing different provisions for one group than another; also, specifically, allowing men more sexual freedom than women. For example, She complained that her father had a double standard—her brothers were allowed to date, but she was not, even though she was older. [Mid-1900s]

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