dou·​ble-cross | \ ˌdə-bəl-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce double-cross (audio) \
double-crossed; double-crossing; double-crosses

Definition of double-cross

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to deceive by double-dealing : betray

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Definition of double cross (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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)

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double-crosser noun

Examples of double-cross in a Sentence

Noun politics is full of double crosses and backbiting
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are twists and double crosses and daring rescues, ending with Judge Gen concluding in the midseason finale that, yes, the afterlife's point system is flawed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2019: These were our favorite shows and binges this year," 28 Dec. 2019 Monica and Leo run afoul of Kase, the not very masterful mastermind of the double cross., "So expect the upending of expectations: visual, emotional, tonal, generic. Especially generic. Is “First Love” a comedy? A crime thriller? A love story? An advertorial for subscriptions to," 3 Oct. 2019 The cartel was from the deadly Los Zetas, according to Mexican officials, and double crossed them for a ransom. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Guatemala's new president could give Trump a huge headache on immigration," 12 Aug. 2019 The movie follows these two rats through the plot maze of double crosses, murders, investigations, and betrayals as the mob and the authorities struggle for control of Boston. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Martin Scorsese's Best Gangster Movie Is on Netflix," 2 June 2018 Dolores connects with the Confederados at Fort Forlorn Hope and convinces them to fight with her against the Delos security agents, only to sacrifice her new army in a last-minute double cross. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 3 Just Introduced Not One, but *Two* New Worlds," 7 May 2018 Fuches flies out to Hollywood to remind Barry of this fact, but before Barry can finish the job he was paid to do, the Chechen gangsters pull a double cross, killing the trainer outside his apartment and attempting to off Barry in the process. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "HBO’s "Barry" refreshes elements of noir, as a hitman dreams of Hollywood.," 23 Mar. 2018 The secessionists’ green and yellow flag includes a pair of Xs known as the double cross, which represent their sense of abandonment from both state governments. Hailey Branson-potts,, "In California Trump country, 'the resistance' tries to rally support — and sometimes gets the bird," 24 Sep. 2017 Kingsmen and Statesmen unite to tackle the Poppy problem, double crosses ensue, and numerous action sequences take place that are cleverly choreographed, comically violent, and spatially impossible without abundant CGI assistance. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle Is More Farce Than Satire," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of double-cross


1903, in the meaning defined above


1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Double-cross.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of double-cross

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


dou·​ble-cross | \ ˌdə-bəl-ˈkrȯs \
double-crossed; double-crossing

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