doublecross

double-cross

[duhb-uhl-kraws, -kros]
verb (used with object) Informal.
to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross.

Origin:
1900–05

double-crosser, noun
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double-cross
 
vb
1.  (tr) to cheat or betray
 
n
2.  the act or an instance of double-crossing; betrayal
 
'double-'crosser
 
n

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double-cross
1834, from double + cross in the sense of "pre-arranged swindle or fix." Originally to win a race after promising to lose it.
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double cross definition


  1. tv.
    to betray someone. (Originally a more complicated switching of sides in a conspiracy wherein the double-crosser sides with the victim of the conspiracy—against the original conspirator.) : Don't even think about double crossing me!
  2. n.
    a betrayal. (See comments with sense 1.) : It's one double cross Frank is sorry about.
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