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double standard

any code or set of principles containing different provisions for one group of people than for another, especially an unwritten code of sexual behavior permitting men more freedom than women.
Compare single standard (def 1).
Economics, bimetallism.
Origin of double standard
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He also lamented what he considers a double standard about who can talk.
  • Accommodation options include single and double standard or comfort rooms and business or junior suites, plus a grand suite.
  • double standard in itself is not always bad when used to understand another culture or economy.
  • Such a double standard which insults those who truly know their history.
  • In dealing with propagandistic art on the left and on the right, a double standard prevails.
  • Actually, you do not have to imagine any of this, because it describes a double standard that already exists.
  • One incident caught the double standard in all of its hypocrisy.
British Dictionary definitions for double standard

double standard

a set of principles that allows greater freedom to one person or group than to another
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Idioms and Phrases with double standard

double standard

A set of principles establishing different provisions for one group than another; also, specifically, allowing men more sexual freedom than women. For example, She complained that her father had a double standard—her brothers were allowed to date, but she was not, even though she was older. [ Mid-1900s ]
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