Definition of double up in English:

double up

phrasal verb

  • 1Bend over or curl up, typically because one is overcome with pain or laughter:

    ‘Billy started to double up with laughter’
    • ‘After doubling up in agony with further rib problems on Sunday while bowling against Surrey in the National League match at The Oval, White said he would not be turning his arm over again for at least two or three weeks.’
    • ‘White, who was seeing a specialist today after doubling up in agony while delivering a bouncer to Mark Butcher, now faces another long spell out of cricket.’
    • ‘If Allison finds herself doubling up with stomach pain, or if she has a cramping sensation, this might be a good choice.’
    • ‘A cry of ‘cheap shot’ from the field was clearly audible in the stand directly after an incident which saw Murray double up in pain, clutching his ribs.’
    • ‘Almost every week at least one customer would come into the shop doubled up with labour pains, to wait in the back room for Dad or one of the grocery boys to ring for a taxi to deliver her to St Helen's.’
    • ‘He doubled up in pain and she ran to Steve, grabbed him and then ran out of the room.’
    • ‘Instead of reply Crystal kicked him in the stomach and Dave doubled up with pain.’
    • ‘Customers and staff alike doubled up in gales of mirth and McIlrath fled empty-handed from the premises.’
    • ‘Jessie looked at Mitch, who was fighting with all his might not to double up with laughter.’
    • ‘He cried out again, a less intelligible scream, and doubled up with wave after abject wave of nauseating pain.’
    • ‘Shooting pains from my stomach caused me to double up.’
    • ‘I can still see his face one night when he was laying in bed doubled up in pain, and crying because he thought he was going to die.’
    • ‘That helped her shoulder but hurt her stomach and she spent most of Friday night doubled up in pain.’
    • ‘The blonde scowled which made me double up with laughter.’
    • ‘I almost doubled up in pain, but tried to keep some composure.’
    • ‘Almost immediately he cried out, doubling up as the pain knifed through him.’
    • ‘Then they got him plum in the back of the head, making him double up and sink to his knees in pain.’
    • ‘Considering the weight of much of the material, the slapstick tone of the performance is extraordinary, with Dylan doubling up with laughter during duets with earnest folk-queen Joan Baez.’
    • ‘Ladies, the men in your life won't see a doctor until they're doubled up in pain - which may be too late.’
    • ‘My friends found her carefully-staged ‘concern’ hilarious - they couldn't tell the story without doubling up with laugher.’
  • 2Share a room:

    ‘‘Where's Jimmy going to sleep?’ ‘He can double up with Bertie.’’
    • ‘One-fourth of them double up with other families in cramped living quarters.’
    • ‘Frances Kent, a hotwalker who has lived at Laurel the past 15 years, said the consolidation of training sites will force track workers to double up in rooms that are only 11x12 feet.’
    • ‘The chronic lack of housing means some teachers have to double up and share quarters.’
    • ‘A 34-year-old male discussed why he was no longer able to double up with family and had to move into a shelter.’
    • ‘‘We are cramped together and having to double up in rooms,’ he said.’
    • ‘But Shrewsbury jail had 91 per cent of prisoners doubling up, Leicester had 89 per cent and Preston 84 per cent.’
    • ‘I check to see where the quick changes are and which cast members are doubling up, and then I make a plan.’
  • 3Use the winnings from a bet as stake for another bet.