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double-time

[duhb-uh l-tahym]
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verb (used with object), dou·ble-timed, dou·ble-tim·ing.
  1. to cause to move in double time: Double-time the troops to the mess hall.
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verb (used without object), dou·ble-timed, dou·ble-tim·ing.
  1. to move in double-time.
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Origin of double-time

First recorded in 1850–55

double time

noun
  1. 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.
  2. a slow run by troops in step.
  3. a rate of overtime pay that is twice the regular wage rate.
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Origin of double time

First recorded in 1850–55
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Related Words for double-time

rapid, agile, brisk, nimble, hot, quick, swift, instantaneously, immediately, directly, shortly, forthwith, urgently, soon, promptly, rapidly, instantly, fleeting, electric, flying

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Historical Examples of double-time

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

    Michael, Brother of Jerry

    Jack London

  • 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.

    Bamboo Tales

    Ira L. Reeves


British Dictionary definitions for double-time

double time

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