Definition of at the double in English:

at the double

(US on the double)

phrase

  • At running speed; very fast.

    ‘he disappeared at the double’
    • ‘Upbeat York City chairman John Batchelor is urging a new red and white army to invade Bootham Crescent - at the double.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anguished reminders of how his professional football career ended flooded back at the double for Chris Short this week.’
    • ‘Royal Navy Commanders Scott Verney and Tom Guy have developed a habit of doing things at the double.’
    • ‘Reed's platoon moved straight through the city on the double, rushing past snipers and ambush locations.’
    • ‘Weren't they supposed to come running on the double, like on television?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Time had to be made up, and the procession proceeded at the double.’
    • ‘We're ushered through at the double and there is little time to appreciate the metaphysical ambience.’
    • ‘Later she wrote, ‘We ran up at the double, knowing that at the top was an army in battle formation.’’
    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 dispatch
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