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double-time

[duhb-uh l-tahym] /ˈdʌb əlˌtaɪm/
verb (used with object), double-timed, double-timing.
1.
to cause to move in double time:
Double-time the troops to the mess hall.
verb (used without object), double-timed, double-timing.
2.
to move in double-time.
Origin of double-time
1850-1855
1850-55

double time

noun
1.
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.
2.
a slow run by troops in step.
3.
a rate of overtime pay that is twice the regular wage rate.
Origin
1850-55
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  • Out the companies would rush at double-time, amid swearing and sweat.

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  • At the command down, the double-time position for the arms and hands is resumed.

  • Always does his time, his time-and-a-half and his double-time over time.

British Dictionary definitions for double-time

double time

noun
1.
a doubled wage rate, paid for working on public holidays, etc
2.
(music)
  1. a time twice as fast as an earlier section
  2. two beats per bar
3.
a slow running pace, keeping in step
4.
(US, army) a fast march of 180 paces to the minute
verb
5.
to move or cause to move in double time
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Slang definitions & phrases for double-time

double-time

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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