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 Few people ever guessed that Sam was working double time. Sun Sentinel, 16 June 2022 Jools takes it into double time in the middle really. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 5 June 2022 Triple-double time: Senior forward Torrey Patton has come close on a number of occasions to recording a rare triple-double for the Vikings this season. Joe Noga, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 So many entrepreneurs try to work in double time to grow their companies. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Understaffing across departments has meant working double time, not just providing care for patients but also doing the tasks of support staff. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 In July, Southwest offered its flight attendants double time to pick up extra shifts. Sam Sweeney, ABC News, 19 Aug. 2021 Correctional officers make time and a half after one shift, and double time after two., 5 Aug. 2021 The piece, by Brooks, begins themelessly, with merely Brooks’s drum thunder, and Shaw leaps in to mesh with Brooks in a rhythm that shifts between—and even daringly intertwines—an extremely fast double time and a hefty, straight-ahead jaunt. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 See More

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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 7 Aug. 2022.

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