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 The Politician: Season 2 (Netflix Original) Payton (Ben Platt) sets his sights on the state senate in a race that includes double crosses and love triangles in the second season of Ryan Murphy's series. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Coming to Netflix in June: New 'Queer Eye' and 'Dating Around'; Spike Lee and Will Ferrell," 20 May 2020 Danica then double crosses Quell and the Kovacses and tries to kill them. Ariana Romero,, "Who Actually Dies In," 28 Feb. 2020 There were twists and double crosses and daring rescues, ending with Judge Gen concluding that, yes, the afterlife's point system is flawed. Ars Technica, "Review: It’s a wonderful afterlife in The Good Place’s bittersweet finale," 3 Feb. 2020 Filled with crosses and double crosses, the plot is mostly irrelevant, but the outlandish flourishes make for a good deal of foul-mouthed fun. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Gentlemen' stocks Guy Ritchie's latest crime comedy with plenty of stars," 24 Jan. 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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