Definition of double-cross in English:



  • Deceive or betray (a person with whom one is supposedly cooperating)

    ‘he was blackmailed into double-crossing his own government’
    • ‘Do not feel that by doing this you are double-crossing Emily Post.’
    • ‘The source may, more importantly, be double-crossing the spooks.’
    • ‘But the latent reason did not become clear until a year later when he double-crossed us and accepted to join Kirsan as one of his useful innocents.’
    • ‘I knew all along he was double-crossing us all from the beginning.’
    • ‘Although Tom deplores that other so-called friends have double-crossed Rodney, have in effect set him up, Tom does the same here.’
    • ‘When I am double-crossed and outwitted by another competent player, I am somewhat peeved, probably dismayed at the appearance of my crumbling position on the board, and if anything mad at myself for not outguessing my opponent.’
    • ‘Having double-crossed his criminal associates in Glasgow, he returns to the Midlands with a bag of stolen cash, determined to win back Shirley and his daughter Marlene.’
    • ‘How did I know that she wasn't double-crossing Jacob and me?’
    • ‘It's his lucky day and he decides to celebrate by double-crossing his colleague.’
    • ‘Had the Li family been double-crossed by a once faithful employee?’
    • ‘The rest of the movie is in Los Angeles as the criminals plot revenge - and the return of their gold - on the man who double-crossed them.’
    • ‘The dealer gives his money to the stockbroker only to find out he's been double-crossed.’
    • ‘After double-crossing her collaborators, she finds herself desperate to find a passport to get out of France.’
    • ‘In his drive for domination, Moe double-crossed his racketeering wire partners by going into business against them.’
    • ‘‘The movie starts out with the perfect heist and we're double-crossed from within our own crew and spend the rest of the movie trying to recapture our treasure,’ he explained further.’
    • ‘He's been double-crossed by would-be clients too many times to relax when someone he knows drops by.’
    • ‘When they think someone is double-crossing them they don't have to apply judge's rules and prove it beyond reasonable doubt.’
    • ‘The informant had a plan of double-crossing us from the beginning, and sold us out to some civilian from this area.’
    • ‘I hope this will change their mind about double-crossing me.’
    • ‘Fairly simple, it's a noble who promised a necklace to someone but the maker double-crossed him, took his money, and kept the necklace, claiming he sold it to the man and the man had lost it.’
    betray, cheat, defraud, trick, hoodwink, mislead, deceive, swindle, break one's promise to, be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, break faith with, play false, fail, let down
    two-time, stitch up, do the dirty on, sell down the river
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  • A betrayal of someone with whom one is supposedly cooperating.

    • ‘The cheapest double-cross really happens to us, the audience, as we slowly glean the truth.’
    • ‘On balance, however, I think that the practice of making inconsistent alliances and following them up with first-year double-crosses is unwise.’
    • ‘The ensuing litany of botched deals, double-crosses and macho showdownery is complicated and, ultimately, exhausting.’
    • ‘Only this Monday did the vibes from Dublin begin turning gloomy, the day on which I wrote my column in this paper throwing up the dread possibility of a great double-cross.’
    • ‘Yet Singson seems most concerned about what he sees as a double-cross by an old friend he had carefully cultivated.’
    • ‘This is a twisted tale of crime, lust, violence and betrayal, hidden identities, double-crosses, and vengeance with an attitude.’
    • ‘There follows an entertaining romp round the docklands as Leo attempts a fishy double-cross.’
    • ‘Added to this are all the expected red herrings, betrayals, and double-crosses.’
    • ‘Once Jack falls for Nancy, and she pressures him to steal $200,000 of Ray's mob pay-off money, the multiple back-stabbings and succession of double-crosses begin.’
    • ‘Manipulations, double-crosses, heists and road trips unfold with all the surprise of a connect-the-dots puzzle.’
    • ‘A neat double-cross leaves him with a chip on his shoulder and a need to prove his innocence before he can return to the Core area of explored space.’
    • ‘If that weren't boring enough, there aren't any fun plot twists of interesting double-crosses in any of the ensuing scenes.’
    • ‘Too often you'll stop caring about what happens in a film because you're drowning in double-crosses, red herrings, and mixed messages, yet don't know much about the main characters at all.’
    • ‘In true gangster fashion, our hero plans a classic double-cross, but ends up underestimating at least one of his foes.’
    • ‘The scene is now set for a series of double-crosses where the wily Carol emerges as the sharpest operator of them all.’
    • ‘Having set up many clandestine meetings, he gained an insight into covert communication, while his conspiracy theorist tendencies make him a master of the literary double-cross.’
    • ‘When presented with characters that practice subterfuge for a living, audiences are moved to anticipate the inevitable double-crosses.’
    • ‘From there, it spirals into a prism of double-crosses, dirty politics, and police corruption.’
    • ‘With dizzying speed, we are shuttled through a series of double-crosses and triple-crosses, and all is not revealed until the very end.’
    • ‘From there, the film dives into a complex series of double-crosses, allegiance shifts, dramatic revelations and impossible love.’