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double-dealing

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

Definition of double-dealing

:action contradictory to a professed attitude :duplicity

double-dealer

play \-ˈdē-lər\ noun

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

Definition of double-dealing

:given to or marked by duplicity

First Known Use of double-dealing

1587



DOUBLE-DEALING Defined for English Language Learners

double-dealing

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noun

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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