Definition of double-dealing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdəbəlˈdēliNG/


The practice of working to people’s disadvantage behind their backs.
Example sentences
  • His prior record of deception, double-dealing, and concealment makes that quite impossible.
  • She hits back, setting into motion an unlikely but highly watchable tale of deceit, double-dealing, divorce and international fraud.
  • By and large, he is a dramatist of deception and double-dealing, an architect of environments that entrap and extinguish their inhabitants.
duplicity, treachery, betrayal, double-crossing, unfaithfulness, untrustworthiness, infidelity, bad faith, disloyalty, breach of trust, fraud, underhandedness, cheating, dishonesty, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, falseness
informal crookedness


Working deceitfully to injure others: she is a backstabbing, double-dealing twister
More example sentences
  • Or is he a desperate, double-dealing politician fishing for votes in the San Fernando Valley?
  • Part of the problem with Out of Time is that most audiences will be way ahead of the double-dealing plot.
  • This dastardly double-dealing duo plays quite well together, injecting a great deal of sinister, urbane menace into the movie, and adding extra levels of complexity to the story.



Pronunciation: /ˌdəbəl ˈdēlər/
Example sentences
  • What stinks worse is the concept that people don't suddenly turn into bad guys, or conceited double-dealers for just one case.
  • Gabriel turned out to be a shameless double-dealer.
  • Sure, he provided good intelligence on his trading partners in Havana, but he was also a double-dealer who was passing him who-knew-how-many secrets of ours.

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Syllabification: dou·ble-deal·ing

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