Definition of double up in English:

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double up

1Bend over or curl up, typically because one is overcome with pain or mirth: Billy started to double up with laughter
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  • That helped her shoulder but hurt her stomach and she spent most of Friday night doubled up in pain.
  • A cry of ‘cheap shot’ from the field was clearly audible in the stand directly after an incident which saw Murray double up in pain, clutching his ribs.
  • If Allison finds herself doubling up with stomach pain, or if she has a cramping sensation, this might be a good choice.
2Share a room: “Where’s Jimmy going to sleep?” “He can double up with Bert.”
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  • One-fourth of them double up with other families in cramped living quarters.
  • A 34-year-old male discussed why he was no longer able to double up with family and had to move into a shelter.
  • ‘We are cramped together and having to double up in rooms,’ he said.
3Use the winnings from a bet as stake for another bet.
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