double-cross

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

First recorded in 1834 from thieves' slang cross (or on the cross) to refer to something dishonest, a play on straight/square, and therefore a crook going back on his partners would be crossing the crossers, or double-crossing.

Verb[edit]

double-cross (third-person singular simple present double-crosss, present participle double-crossing, simple past and past participle double-crossed)

  1. To betray or go back on

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