dou·​ble-time | \ ˈdə-bəl-ˌtīm How to pronounce double-time (audio) \
double-timed; double-timing; double-times

Definition of double-time

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move at double time

double time


Definition of double time (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a marching cadence of 180 30-inch steps per minute
2 : payment of a worker at twice the regular wage rate

Examples of double-time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When clubs first reopened last year, servers had to work double time to satisfy drink orders. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Local comedy clubs offer comfort in tough times," 22 Apr. 2021 Jill Biden on Friday toured a Houston food bank, a place working double time to meet the demands of a pandemic and a weather disaster. Michael George, CBS News, ""This is happening in your backyard": N.J. girl facing food insecurity highlights growing problem," 28 Feb. 2021 Coco & Eve’s bargain pairing of the Like a Virgin Hair Masque and Sunny Honey Bronzing Foam will deliver in double time. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "The best UK Black Friday deals," 26 Nov. 2020 And Tabitha is certainly doing double time while homebound. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Tabitha Brown Is TikTok's Vegan Icon, But She's Gone Viral for Encouraging Self Love," 13 Oct. 2020 While most of the sports world was on hiatus from mid-March until the NBA bubble opened for business in late July, folks at the Sports Corp were working double time, just on the hope that some of these sports would say yes. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Bring us your college basketball bubble – Indianapolis is open for business," 18 Sep. 2020 Additionally, Apple’s T2 Security Chip is working double time inside. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Apple improves its classically designed iMac with high speeds and 1080p FaceTime HD camera," 21 Aug. 2020 As a result of this combo, soil respiration rates doubled because organic matter-eating microbes were working double time in those pots, feasting on plant remains and exhaling carbon dioxide. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Planting invasive species could make our carbon problem worse," 28 May 2020 That there's going to be pay delays and cuts for people in the emergency room and intensive care unit who are working double time is just a little stunning. Scientific American, "Grief on the Front Line—and Beyond," 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of double-time


1943, in the meaning defined above


1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Double-time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of double time

: payment of a worker at two times the usual rate

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