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doubleheader

[duhb-uh l-hed-er] /ˈdʌb əlˈhɛd ər/
noun
1.
Sports.
  1. two games, as of baseball, between the same teams on the same day in immediate succession.
  2. two games, as of basketball, between two different pairs of teams on the same day in immediate succession.
2.
two performances or two events occurring one after the other or within a short time of each other.
3.
a railroad train pulled by two locomotives.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; double + head + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for double-header

double-header

noun
1.
a train drawn by two locomotives coupled together to provide extra power
2.
(sport, US & Canadian) Also called twin bill. two games played consecutively by the same teams or by two different teams
3.
(Austral & NZ, informal) a coin with the impression of a head on each side
4.
(Austral, informal) a double ice-cream cone
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Word Origin and History for double-header
n.

1869, American English, originally a kind of fireworks or a railway train pulled by two engines; see double (adj.) + head (n.). Baseball sense is c.1890.

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Slang definitions & phrases for double-header

doubleheader

noun

Two contests, esp baseball games, played at one meeting

[1890s+ Sports; fr earlier railroad use for a train drawn by two engines]


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