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double check

noun, Chess.
a simultaneous check by two pieces in which the moving of one piece to give check also results in discovering a check by another piece.


[duhb-uh l-chek] /ˈdʌb əlˈtʃɛk/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to check twice or again; recheck.
a second examination or verification to assure accuracy, proper functioning, or the like.
Origin of double-check
1950-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No double check 'cause it's over a mile from Building A—outside the safety perimeter.

    The Stowaway Alvin Heiner
  • "Check and double check on that, sir," Dawson said respectfully.

  • This aptly illustrates what I have already said as to the extra danger of a double check.

  • "Just as well to have a double check nonetheless," Dane said.

    The Terrible Answer Arthur G. Hill
  • The check laid on the efflorescence of the religious instinct was a double check on the efflorescence of art.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
  • But the troops in the centre were robbed of decisive victory by a double check on the wings.

  • "Check, and double check," Dave echoed, and started up the steps of the Operations Office.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • double check” means attacking the king at once with two pieces—one of the pieces in this case giving check by discovery.

  • The third species of check is named the double check, where the King is attacked both by the Piece moved and the one discovered.

    The Blue Book of Chess Howard Staunton and "Modern Authorities"
British Dictionary definitions for double check


to check twice or again; verify
a second examination or verification
(chess) a simultaneous check from two pieces brought about by moving one piece to give check and thereby revealing a second check from another piece
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Word Origin and History for double check



1958, from double (adj.) + check (v.). Related: Double-checked; double-checking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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