double down

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to double down (third-person singular simple present doubles down, present participle doubling down, simple past and past participle doubled down)

  1. (idiomatic, gambling) To double one's wager.
  2. (idiomatic, by extension) To double or significantly increase a risk, investment, or other commitment.
    • 2007, Peter Beinart, "The Kosovo Conundrum," Time, 12 April:
      Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama all want to get out of Iraq. They all want to double down in Afghanistan.


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