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(See XX.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Double or QuitsDouble up A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Related Conten…

Double

(To). To pass or sail round, as “to double the cape.” The cape (or point) is twice between the ship and the land. (French, doubler; Latin, duoplico.) What capes he doubled, and …

Doubles

or Double-walkers. Those aerial duplicates of men or women who represent them so minutely as to deceive those who know them. We apply the word to such persons as the Dromio brothers, the Co…

Double up

(To). To fold together. “To double up the fist” is to fold the fingers together so as to make the hand into a fist. I doubled him up. I struck him in the wind, so as to make him…

Double Dealing

Professing one thing and doing another inconsistent with that promise. “[She] was quite above all double-dealing. She had no mental reservation.” —Maria Edgeworth. Sourc…

Double Dutch

Gibberish, jargon, or a foreign tongue not understood by the hearer. Dutch is a synonym for foreign; and double is simply excessive, in a twofold degree. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and …

Double Entendre

(English-French for Un mot a double entente, or à deux ententes). Words which secretly express a rude or coarse covert meaning, generally of a licentious character. “Entendre&#82…

Double First

(A). In the first class both of the classical and mathematical final examination in the Oxford University; or of the classical and mathematical triposes of the University of Cambridge. So…

Double or Quits

The winner stakes his stake, and the loser promises to pay twice the stake if he loses again; but if he wins the second throw he pays nothing, and neither player loses or wins anything. Thi…