One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Make or become much greater, more intense, or more numerous.with object ‘we will redouble our efforts to reform agricultural policy’no object ‘pressure to solve the problem has redoubled’
- ‘Not downhearted, the Cumbrians redoubled their efforts.’
- ‘At the same time, Europe and America must redouble their efforts to strengthen the imperfect but necessary system of international governance.’
- ‘For this reason alone we should be redoubling efforts to clean up our air.’
- ‘Instead they redoubled their efforts, and with two goals inside three minutes, they turned on its head an encounter that appeared to be slipping away from them.’
- ‘Under their instruction, he redoubled his efforts.’
- ‘If anything, this act of violence has redoubled our efforts to make this community stronger.’
- ‘But far from being examined - let alone disavowed - the policies behind these developments are being redoubled.’
- ‘Had they known, they would, I am sure, have redoubled their efforts.’
- ‘We will, of course, be redoubling our efforts in the year ahead - there is still plenty of room for further improvement.’
- ‘City opponents have redoubled their assaults, sensing that a Tory victory is not impossible.’
- ‘We will be redoubling our efforts to make sure it stays that way.’
- ‘We will be redoubling our efforts on schools that have causes for concern with the aim of having no failing schools in Manchester.’
- ‘The man stumbled back, then redoubled his efforts, swinging with increasing speed and strength.’
- ‘Charles attempted to exploit the rift between army and Parliament and redoubled his efforts to persuade the Scots to assist him.’
- ‘Councillors hope that redoubling their efforts will allow officers to devise a ‘more proactive’ strategy.’
- ‘It's not all over yet - we'll just redouble our efforts to catch them.’
- ‘He stressed the importance of redoubling their efforts this year to ensure the needs of the club and the community will be met.’
- ‘Well planned and organized coordination doubles and redoubles the combat capability of a combat force package.’
- ‘In Beijing Duan redoubled his efforts to strengthen his position.’
- ‘In the coming year we will be redoubling our efforts and in particularly we will be working with those schools that need extra help.’
- 1.1Bridge no object Double a bid already doubled by an opponent.
- ‘The games can be doubled and redoubled as in bridge.’
A call that doubles a bid already doubled by an opponent.
- ‘If someone then bids higher, any previous doubles and redoubles are cancelled.’
- ‘The players now bid as in Contract Bridge (doubles and redoubles are allowed), until one player passes.’
Late Middle English: from French redoubler, from re- ‘again’ + doubler ‘to double’. The noun dates from the early 20th century.
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