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double-header (plural double-headers)

  1. (sports) A pair of games played one after another between the same teams.
    This afternoon we will have a double-header between the Bears and the Wolves, games at 3pm and 7:30pm.
    • 2011, William B. Gould, IV, Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil, page 43,
      The ′40s and ′50s were in advance of the day of the twilight double-header, and most certainly before the more common twilight or “twinight” double-headers, in which the fans must leave so as to empty their seats for a new crowd which is to see the second game at a separately scheduled time.
  2. A pair of sporting events, one after the other, at a single venue.
    The NRL season opener at the Olympic stadium will be a double-header: Dragons vs Eels and Souths vs Wests.
    The next jazz double-header at The Sound Lounge will feature the Leonie Cohen Trio and the Sam Hawkins Quartet
    • 1991, Graeme Kent, Double Header: Atlantic City, August 1988, Boxing′s Strangest Fights, 2000, page 227,
      It must have seemed a good idea at the time. The holders of two different versions of the world welterweight title were to top the bill against carefully selected opponents in a double header.
  3. A pair of sporting events, one after the other, broadcast on the same television channel.
  4. (fishing) The catching of a single fish simultaneously by two fishermen when fishing together.
  5. (numismatics) A double-headed coin.
  6. (rail transport) A train pulled by two locomotives.
    • 1929, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen′s Magazine, Volumes 86-87, page 132,
      If this pipe is broken while running as the second engine of a double-header nothing will be lost as the operation of the distributing valve is then similar to that of a triple valve, [] .

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