Definition of double-faced in US English:



  • 1Having two faces.

    ‘a double-faced clock’
    • ‘The double-faced clock is mounted on the front of the old fire station on Victoria Road, next to the town's bus station.’
    • ‘She separated it with a double-faced wall of bookcases, but kept the views of downtown clear with a large, open doorway.’
    • ‘If we were really lucky we got to go in through the rotating doors under the Selfridges double-faced clock.’
    • ‘The double-faced clocks, which inexorably mark the time limits for tournament chess players, ticked off the carefully allotted seconds at Havana's Capablanca Chess Club.’
    1. 1.1 Tending to say one thing and do another; deceitful.
      • ‘She snorted at the thought - if he truly had convinced himself that she was blind to his double-faced ways, he was more of a fool than those who wore motley and feathers and danced for ladies.’
      • ‘No one can get away with such a double-faced game.’
      • ‘Brechtian-style distanciation thus soon emerges as lazy, double-faced strategy on Rose's part: If something is unconvincing, it was meant to be, laying bare the device, speaking as if in quotes and all that film theory doublethink.’
      • ‘Avoid being double-faced in any area of life, as you don't gain from it.’
      • ‘Avoid being political or double-faced in any area of life.’
      dishonest, untruthful, lying, mendacious, insincere, false, deceiving, dissembling, disingenuous, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, two-faced, duplicitous, double-dealing, cheating, underhand, crafty, cunning, sly, guileful, scheming, calculating, conniving, designing, hypocritical, perfidious, treacherous, machiavellian, janus-faced
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    2. 1.2 (of a fabric or material) finished on both sides so that either may be used as the right side.
      • ‘The Polartec fabric most often used for hunting outerwear is Windbloc, a laminated fabric with a layer of polyurethane film between outer layers of double-faced velour.’
      • ‘Key items are loose cotton zip cardigans or hoodies, loose-fitting jersey knit pants, double-faced Lycra tank tops and T-shirts.’
      • ‘When the cans had completely dried, I hot-glued 3/8-inch-wide by 3-foot-long pieces of double-faced white satin ribbons around the top of each can.’
      • ‘‘My guess is that it was double-faced cellophane tape,’ said Tom Julian, a trend analyst with Fallon McElligott in New York.’
      • ‘Fabrics include gold embroidered saris and double-faced cloths with tiny mirrors sewn into the fabric.’
      • ‘The best examples of this was his tea matte alligator bodice top (paired with a green tea double-faced wool skirt suit) and the regally beautiful Coco Mitchell in a lambskin jacket and skirt with contrast stitching detailing.’
      • ‘Also strong were drop-stitch striped fabrics; double-faced two-color wovens in soft contrasting colors; and cotton crepe in colorful stripes and plaids, he told Bobbin.’
      • ‘Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or a slip-resistant backing.’
      • ‘A tailored display of chevron print suede paired with a denim double-faced print pant added a touch of class to the age group.’
      • ‘Coach's iconic double-faced cotton twill fabric, contrasting with the fun fashion colours in the interiors of the bags, is complete with a chunky Soho buckle.’
      • ‘It is made from a double-faced fabric so it can be worn next to the skin and contains 50 per cent extrafine Merino wool fibre.’
      • ‘Briefly, deparaffinized and rehydrated slides were sealed around the histologic section with double-faced tape.’