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double time

U.S. Army. the fastest rate of marching troops, a slow jog in which 180 paces, each of 3 feet (0.9 meters), are taken in a minute.
a slow run by troops in step.
a rate of overtime pay that is twice the regular wage rate.
Origin of double time


[duhb-uh l-tahym] /ˈdʌb əlˌtaɪm/
verb (used with object), double-timed, double-timing.
to cause to move in double time:
Double-time the troops to the mess hall.
verb (used without object), double-timed, double-timing.
to move in double-time.
1850-55 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • That meant both piles of manganese that lay on the gallery next the crane were to be shoveled in—double time for us, in the heat.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • After that it's twenty-three, forty-six, double time for yours.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • It was the famous "Legion's breakfast," the lung-training of "double time."

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Salutes are not rendered when marching in double time or at the trot or gallop.

  • The length of the full step in double time is 36 inches; the cadence is at the rate of 180 steps per minute.

  • Ten Eyck scooped Alice off the floor and danced in double time.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Any movement not specially excepted may be executed in double time.

  • Give them "double time" for twenty steps twice during the march.

  • By a dashing charge on double time they passed it under exulting hurrahs and most gallant work, and gained the west bank.

    From Manassas to Appomattox James Longstreet
  • “Forward, double time; march,” and Captain Sever was off with his company—superb fighting machine—for the line of battle.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
British Dictionary definitions for double time

double time

a doubled wage rate, paid for working on public holidays, etc
  1. a time twice as fast as an earlier section
  2. two beats per bar
a slow running pace, keeping in step
(US, army) a fast march of 180 paces to the minute
to move or cause to move in double time
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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