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double-cross

[duhb-uh l-kraws, -kros] /ˈdʌb əlˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs/
verb (used with object), Informal.
1.
to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
Related forms
double-crosser, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for double crosser

double-cross

verb
1.
(transitive) to cheat or betray
noun
2.
the act or an instance of double-crossing; betrayal
Derived Forms
double-crosser, noun
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Word Origin and History for double crosser

double-cross

n.

1834, from double (adj.) + cross (n.) in the sense of "pre-arranged swindle or fix." Originally to win a race after promising to lose it. As a verb from 1903, American English. Related: Double-crossed; double-crossing.

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