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double British & World English

Consisting of two equal, identical, or similar parts or things

double up British & World English

Bend over or curl up, typically because one is overcome with pain or laughter

double-double British & World English

A cup of coffee with a double serving of both sugar and cream

body double British & World English

A stand-in for a film actor used during stunt or nude scenes

semi-double British & World English

(Of a flower) intermediate between single and double in having only the outer stamens converted to petals

bend double British & World English

Bend over into a stooping position

double back British & World English

Go back in the direction one has come

double down British & World English

(In blackjack) double a bet after seeing one’s initial cards, with the requirement that one additional card be drawn

double act British & World English

A performance involving two people

double axe British & World English

An axe with two blades

double-bank British & World English

Arrange in two similar or parallel lines; double

double bar British & World English

A pair of closely spaced bar lines marking the end of a piece or section of music

double bass British & World English

The largest and lowest-pitched instrument of the violin family, providing the bass line of the orchestral string section and also used in jazz and some country music

double bill British & World English

A programme of entertainment with two main items

double bind British & World English

A situation in which a person is confronted with two irreconcilable demands or a choice between two undesirable courses of action

double bond British & World English

A chemical bond in which two pairs of electrons are shared between two atoms

double-book British & World English

Inadvertently reserve (something, especially a seat or a hotel room) for two different customers or parties at the same time

double chin British & World English

A roll of fatty flesh below a person’s chin

double-cut British & World English

Another term for cross-cut.

double date British & World English

A social outing in which two couples participate

double-dip British & World English

Denoting or relating to a recession during which a period of economic decline is followed by a brief period of growth, followed by a further period of decline

double dot British & World English

Two dots placed side by side after a note to indicate that it is to be lengthened by three quarters of its value

double-dyed British & World English

(Of clothing) dyed twice in order to give a very deep colour

double flat British & World English

A sign placed before a musical note to indicate that it is to be lowered two semitones

double-hung British & World English

(Of a window) consisting of two sliding vertical sashes

double-knit British & World English

(Of fabric) knit of two joined layers for extra thickness

double lock British & World English

A type of spring lock which may be used as a deadlock by an extra turn of the key

double-park British & World English

Park (a vehicle) alongside one that is already parked at the side of the road

double play British & World English

A defensive play in which two runners are put out

double reed British & World English

A reed with two slightly separated blades, used for playing a wind instrument such as an oboe or bassoon

double salt British & World English

A crystalline salt having the composition of a mixture of two simple salts but with a different crystal structure from either

double star British & World English

Two stars actually or apparently very close together

double take British & World English

A delayed reaction to something unexpected, immediately after one’s first reaction

double-talk British & World English

Another term for doublespeak.

double-team British & World English

(In ball games) block (an opponent) with two players

double time British & World English

A rate of pay equal to double the standard rate, sometimes paid for working on holidays or outside normal working hours

double top British & World English

A score of double twenty

double-wide British & World English

A semi-permanent mobile home consisting of two separate units connected on site

daily double British & World English

A single bet on the winners of two named races in a day

double-acting British & World English

(Of a device or product) combining two different functions

double-action British & World English

Combining two different functions; double-acting

double agent British & World English

An agent who pretends to act as a spy for one country or organization while in fact acting on behalf of an enemy

double-blind British & World English

Denoting a test or trial, especially of a drug, in which any information which may influence the behaviour of the tester or the subject is withheld until after the test

double bluff British & World English

An action or statement that is intended to appear as a bluff but is in fact genuine

double bogey British & World English

A score of two strokes over par for a hole

double boiler British & World English

A saucepan with a detachable upper compartment heated by boiling water in the lower one

double bridle British & World English

A bridle which has both a curb and a snaffle bit, each with its own set of reins

double-check British & World English

Check (something) for a second time to ensure that it is accurate or safe

double-click British & World English

Press a computer mouse button twice in quick succession to select a file, program, or function


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