double-cross

verb dou·ble-cross \ ˌdə-bəl-ˈkrȯs \
Updated on: 1 Apr 2018

Definition of double-cross

: to deceive by double-dealing : betray

double-crosser

noun

First Known Use of double-cross

1903

in the meaning defined above

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double-cross Synonyms

Antonyms

stand by;

Near Antonyms

defend, guard, protect, safeguard, save, shield;

Phrases

go back on, stab in the back;


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

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First Known Use of double cross

1834

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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DOUBLE-CROSS Defined for English Language Learners

double-cross

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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