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double dip

a complement equal to the original; a double measure:
a double dip of protection through both insurance and Social Security.
something that happens twice in a cycle, especially on a downturn:
a double dip of recession.


[duhb-uh l-dip] /ˈdʌb əlˈdɪp/
verb (used without object), double-dipped, double-dipping.
Informal. to earn a salary from one position while collecting a pension from the same employer or organization, especially to be a wage earner on the federal payroll while receiving a military retiree's pension.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a double dip.
Origin of double-dip
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double-dipper, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for double dip
  • No matter what happens for the rest of the day, the morning's nosedive will revive talk about a double dip.
  • Today's report probably comes as a relief to many: a double dip no longer appears to be imminent.
  • If consumers pull back in a meaningful, prolonged fashion, then a double dip will probably be unavoidable.
  • But if another significant shock hits the economy, then a double dip may be inevitable.
  • And for layoffs to ensue, they either overestimated the speed of the recovery or see a double dip.
  • Employers are paralyzed by fear that the economy could double dip and that demand is too low to justify new investments.
  • Only over the past few months have economists begun lowering the probability of a double dip recession in their forecasts.
  • Still, there remain concerns about a double dip recession.
  • Credit card companies are allowed to not only double dip, but to triple dip.
  • double dip is not a term that a government keen to extricate itself from the economic-crisis-management business likes to hear.
British Dictionary definitions for double dip

double dip

  1. a recession in which a brief recovery in output is followed by another fall, because demand remains low
  2. (as modifier): a double-dip recession
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Contemporary definitions for double dip

to dip a food item into a sauce or dip, take a bite, and then dip it in the sauce again


It was embarrassing when she double-dipped.

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Slang definitions & phrases for double dip



The practice of holding a second job that has retirement benefits while receiving a pension from former employment

  1. To dip a food item into a sauce or dip, take a bite, and then dip it in the sauce again: You can double-dip at home, but not at a party
  2. To get money from two sources, often in a way that is not legal or by simultaneously drawing a government pension and holding a job

[1970s+; fr an ice-cream cone with two dips, scoops, of ice cream]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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