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double–dealing

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noun dou·ble–deal·ing \ˌdə-bəl-ˈdē-liŋ\

Definition of double–dealing

  1. :  action contradictory to a professed attitude :  duplicity

double–dealer

play \-ˈdē-lər\ noun

1529

First Known Use of double–dealing

1529

Synonym Discussion of double–dealing

deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource magicians are masters of deception. fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice indicted for fraud. double-dealing suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude a go-between suspected of double-dealing. subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end obtained the papers by subterfuge. trickery implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat resorted to trickery to gain their ends.

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double–dealing

adjective dou·ble–deal·ing

Definition of double–dealing

  1. :  given to or marked by duplicity

1587

First Known Use of double–dealing

1587


DOUBLE–DEALING Defined for English Language Learners

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double–dealing

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noun dou·ble–deal·ing \ˌdə-bəl-ˈdē-liŋ\

Definition of double–dealing for English Language Learners

  • : the practice of pretending to do or think one thing while really doing or thinking something different : dishonest or deceptive behavior


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