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 The two doctors who had flown in from out of state worked double time. Los Angeles Times, "Abortion during coronavirus: State bans, closed clinics, self-induced miscarriages," 16 Apr. 2020 Vitamin C Fight back against dullness with a complexion-brightening antioxidant that works double time to shield against current UV damage and also minimize issues from the past. Patricia Weigel Shannon, Southern Living, "Superpower Skin Care Ingredients That We're Calling MVPs," 7 Apr. 2020 Though testing in the first half of March was mostly confined to individuals needing hospitalization, even those numbers show the coronavirus doubling time in the U.S. was at most two and a half days. Andrew D. Hwang, The Conversation, "Coronavirus cases are growing exponentially – here’s what that means," 2 Apr. 2020 Immigration attorneys in Dallas were working double time last week to file cases that could be postmarked by Friday or Saturday. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "Will Trump’s new public charge rule close door on immigrants’ hope of the American dream?," 24 Feb. 2020 The bread worked double time, as an edible shovel for pull-aparty pieces of tender beef cheek and a bready mop to sop up all of that aromatic, rich curry. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "I’ll Always Save Room For This Flaky Malaysian Roti," 5 Dec. 2019 The solution — other than watching summaries and highlights at the end of the day — is to click into YouTube's playback control options and enjoy the proceedings in double time. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Life hack -- Watch the impeachment inquiry on double speed," 18 Nov. 2019 Rudd spent the entire season working, well, double time to pull off these roles, but that last episode proved to be extra-challenging. Dan Snierson,, "Living With Yourself star Paul Rudd on giving himself mouth-to-mouth and that bonkers ending," 21 Oct. 2019 Whether part of the campaign or not, many American colleges have been working double time to allay worries – and to provide opportunities for international and domestic students to interact. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018

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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 24 May. 2020.

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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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