double down

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

  1. (gambling) To double one's wager. In particular, it is the name of a specific doubling bet allowed in blackjack.
  2. (by extension, often followed by the preposition on) 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.
    • 2017 September 19, Gwilym Mumford, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle review – spy sequel reaches new heights of skyscraping silliness”, in the Guardian[1]:
      While 007 has been on extended annual leave as a result of Daniel Craig’s cold feet, Taron Egerton’s thoroughly less urbane secret agent Eggsy Unwin has managed to thoroughly outdo him, with Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to his hit 2015 comedy-thriller doubling down on the qualities that marked its predecessor out from the superspy pack: more star-filled, more gleefully grisly, and reaching new heights of skyscraping silliness.

Usage notes[edit]

The alternative inflected forms double downing and double downed are sometimes seen.

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For usage examples of this term, see Citations:double down.