One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
At running speed; very fast.‘he disappeared at the double’
very quickly, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a run, at a gallop, hotfoot, on the double, fast, swiftly, rapidly, briskly, speedily, at high speed, with all speed, at speed, at full speed, at the speed of light, at full tilt, express, post-haste, as fast as possible, with all possible haste, like a whirlwind, like an arrow from a bow, at breakneck speed, expeditiously, madly, with dispatchView synonyms
- ‘Time had to be made up, and the procession proceeded at the double.’
- ‘To climb these, at the double, in gale-force weather, must have been a terrifying experience, because at the top the sailors would have to climb outwards to reach the overhanging platform.’
- ‘Anguished reminders of how his professional football career ended flooded back at the double for Chris Short this week.’
- ‘Upbeat York City chairman John Batchelor is urging a new red and white army to invade Bootham Crescent - at the double.’
- ‘Weren't they supposed to come running on the double, like on television?’
- ‘Reed's platoon moved straight through the city on the double, rushing past snipers and ambush locations.’
- ‘Hawks began at the double and applied themselves to the task at hand with vim and vigour, taking all the early ball and constructing an effortless try in the process.’
- ‘Later she wrote, ‘We ran up at the double, knowing that at the top was an army in battle formation.’’
- ‘Royal Navy Commanders Scott Verney and Tom Guy have developed a habit of doing things at the double.’
- ‘We're ushered through at the double and there is little time to appreciate the metaphysical ambience.’
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