double-time

[duhb-uh l-tahym]

verb (used with object), dou·ble-timed, dou·ble-tim·ing.

to cause to move in double time: Double-time the troops to the mess hall.

verb (used without object), dou·ble-timed, dou·ble-tim·ing.

to move in double-time.

Origin of double-time

First recorded in 1850–55

double time

noun

U.S. Army. the fastest rate of marching troops, a slow jog in which 180 paces, each of 3 feet (0.9 meters), are taken in a minute.
a slow run by troops in step.
a rate of overtime pay that is twice the regular wage rate.

Origin of double time

First recorded in 1850–55
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Historical Examples of double-time

  • Always does his time, his time-and-a-half and his double-time over time.

  • At the command down, the double-time position for the arms and hands is resumed.

  • Out the companies would rush at double-time, amid swearing and sweat.

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    Ira L. Reeves



British Dictionary definitions for double-time

double time

noun

a doubled wage rate, paid for working on public holidays, etc
music
  1. a time twice as fast as an earlier section
  2. two beats per bar
a slow running pace, keeping in step
US army a fast march of 180 paces to the minute

verb double-time

to move or cause to move in double time
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