dou·​ble-dip | \ ˌdə-bəl-ˈdip How to pronounce double-dip (audio) \
double-dipped; double-dipping; double-dips

Definition of double-dip

intransitive verb

1 : to obtain money from two sources at the same time or by two separate accounting methods Apparently, preferred shareholders get to double-dip. During the liquidation of the company, they get their money back first. Then they split the rest on a pro rata basis with us lowly common-stock holders.— Mo Schumpeter especially : to draw a pension from one government department while working for another
2 : to repeat the action of dipping a chip or other snack into a shared dipping sauce or mixture after taking a bite But bring up nachos and suddenly everyone wants a place at the same table, the nacho table of peace—at least until someone tries to double-dip.— Jeff Johnson Everybody seems to double-dip at cocktail parties. Should I be concerned about the germs they leave behind?— Jessica Rollins

Other Words from double-dip

double-dipper \ ˌdə-​bəl-​ˈdi-​pər How to pronounce double-dip (audio) \ noun, plural double-dippers
Keegan was an academy graduate who had put in his thirty and retired to become a double-dipper. In uniform, he'd been an intelligence specialist, and now he had essentially the same job, which added civil service salary to his pension. — Tom Clancy An unabashed double-dipper, he's that rare neatnik who doesn't fear germs. — Jennifer Tung
double-dipping \ ˌdə-​bəl-​ˈdi-​piŋ How to pronounce double-dip (audio) \ noun
Most of the trusts are overseen by plaintiff lawyers … Can they be counted on to weed out double-dipping and false claims? — Daniel Fisher Double-dipping is gross, but it's unclear how bad it is for your health. One study did show there are more bacteria in the salsa after someone dunks twice, but they're the kind that normally live in our mouth and are pretty innocuous. Self

First Known Use of double-dip

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Double-dip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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