- a substitute who performs feats or actions too hazardous or difficult for a star.
- body double.
- a challenge by an opponent that the declarer cannot fulfill the designated contract, increasing the points to be won or lost.
- a hand that warrants such a challenge.
verb (used with object), dou·bled, dou·bling.
- to sail around (a projecting area of land): to double Cape Horn.
- to add a new layer of planking or ceiling to (an old wooden hull).
- to challenge (the bid of an opponent) by making a call that increases the value of tricks to be won or lost.
- to challenge the bid of (an opponent): He doubled me into game.
- to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a two-base hit: He doubled him to third.
- to cause (a run) to be scored by a two-base hit (often followed by in): He doubled in the winning run.
- to put out (a base runner) as the second out of a double play (often followed by up).
verb (used without object), dou·bled, dou·bling.
- (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?
- 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.
- to share quarters planned for only one person or family: Because of the room shortage, we had to double up.
- to bend over, as from pain: He doubled up in agony.
- without delay; rapidly: The fire engines came on the double.
- in double time, as marching troops.
Origin of double
Origin of body double
Related Words for doublesdual, angel, match, increase, grow, binary, second, duplex, twin, duplicate, repeated, twice, geminate, coupled, duplicated, simulacrum, picture, reciprocal, impersonator, ringer
Examples from the Web for doubles
Contemporary Examples of doubles
And in Copenhagen, BIG Architects are building a new incinerator that also doubles as a wintertime ski slope.Why Architects Dream Big—and Crazy
August 23, 2014
They want to hit for a good average with a lot of doubles and triples.Inside MGM’s Surprising Turnaround: ‘Robocop,’ ‘Bond,’ and ‘The Hobbit’
February 16, 2014
So above the waist it will be the star and below the waist it will be the doubles.‘Nymphomaniac,’ Lars von Trier’s Icy Orgy of Sex and Self-Loathing, Bows At Sundance
January 23, 2014
Rick doubles over in pain and Carl shoots wildly at a walker before he runs out of ammo and breaks down sobbing.The Walking Dead's Explosive Midseason Finale Pitted Rick vs. The Governor
December 2, 2013
If she doubles her workload, however, she makes just £6 more.Jim Messina, How Could You Flip From Barack Obama to David Cameron?
August 5, 2013
Historical Examples of doubles
“I seem to have two or three doubles around the country,” he remarked.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
For they would be the doubles of them, and no one would be able to determine which were the names and which were the realities.Cratylus
Mr. Meredith doubles the parts, and is irresistible in both.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
O dear, his Memory is too fresh; and the Sight of you doubles my Sorrow.The City Bride (1696)
Cover and place in a temperature of 75 degrees until it doubles its bulk.The Community Cook Book
- a game between two pairs of players, as in tennis, badminton, etc
- (as modifier)a doubles player
adjective (usually prenominal)
- (of a root) being one of two equal roots of a polynomial equation
- (of an integral) having an integrand containing two independent variables requiring two integrations, in each of which one variable is kept constant
- (of an instrument) sounding an octave lower than the pitch indicated by the notationa double bass
- (of time) duple, usually accompanied by the direction alla breve
- the narrow outermost ring on a dartboard
- a hit on this ring
- at twice normal marching speed
- quickly or immediately
- to duplicate (a voice or instrumental part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it
- (intr usually foll by on)to be capable of performing (upon an instrument additional to one's normal one)the third trumpeter doubles on cornet
- to cause two pawns of the same colour to be on the same file
- to place both rooks of the same colour on the same rank or the same file
Word Origin for double
late 13c., "make double," from Old French dobler, from Latin duplare, from duplus (see double (adj.)). Meaning "to work as, in addition to one's regular job" is c.1920, circus slang, from performers who also played in the band. Related: Doubled; doubling. To double up bodily is from 1814.
A blow on the stomach "doubles up" the boxer, and occasions that gasping and crowing which sufficiently indicate the cause of the injury .... [Donald Walker, "Defensive Exercises," 1840]
mid-14c., "amount twice as great," also "duplicate copy," from double (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with double
- double back
- double bill
- double cross
- double date
- double Dutch
- double duty
- double feature
- double in brass
- double life
- double standard
- double take, do a
- double talk
- double up
- lead a double life
- on the double
- see double