double-cross

verb dou·ble-cross \ ˌdə-bəl-ˈkrȯs \

Definition of double-cross

transitive verb
:to deceive by double-dealing :betray

double-crosser

noun

First Known Use of double-cross

1903

double-cross Synonyms

Synonyms
backstab, cross, double-cross, sell (out), two-time
Antonyms
stand by
Related Words
give away; inform (on), peach, rat (on), shop [British], snitch (on), split (on) [British], tell (on), turn in
Near Antonyms
defend, guard, protect, safeguard, save, shield

double cross

noun

Definition of double cross

1 a :an act of winning or trying to win a fight or match after agreeing to lose it
b :an act of betraying or cheating an associate
2 :a cross between first-generation hybrids of four separate inbred lines (as in the production of hybrid seed corn)

Examples of double cross in a Sentence

  1. politics is full of double crosses and backbiting

First Known Use of double cross

1834



DOUBLE-CROSS Defined for English Language Learners

double-cross

verb

Definition of double-cross for English Language Learners

  • : to cheat or deceive (someone) especially by doing something that is different from what you said you would do


DOUBLE-CROSS Defined for Kids

double-cross

verb dou·ble-cross \ ˌdə-bəl-ˈkrȯs \

Definition of double-cross for Students

double-crossed; double-crossing
:betray 2

double-crosser

noun


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