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double down

Definition of double down in English:

1chiefly US (In blackjack) double a bet after seeing one’s initial cards, with the requirement that one additional card be drawn: the amount only increases when you choose to split or double down he doubled down on a pair and lost
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  • Virtually every situation you can come up with in blackjack is covered - whether to hit, stand, split, or double down.
  • You can only double down on the first two cards.
  • Players have been known to double down on a natural 21, or split tens hoping to get more money on the table.
1.1Strengthen one’s commitment to a particular strategy or course of action, typically one that is potentially risky: he decided to double down and escalate the war the third quarter of the year saw central banks doubling down on the quantitative easing approach
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  • We are doubling down on diplomacy in the surrounding region.
  • He wants to double down on health care policies that will only work for the healthy and the wealthy.
  • Research shows that people with strong feelings of self-efficacy not only don't quit when problems arise, they double down and try harder.
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