double cross

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(dŭb′əl-krôs′, -krŏs′)
tr.v. dou·ble-crossed, dou·ble-cross·ing, dou·ble-cross·es
To betray by acting in contradiction to a prior agreement. See Synonyms at deceive.
1. often double cross An act of betraying an ally, friend, or associate.
2. double cross Genetics A cross in which each parent is the product of a single cross. It can be represented as AB × CD, where A, B, C, and D are inbred lines.

dou′ble-cross′er n.

double cross

(Genetics) a technique for producing hybrid stock, esp seed for cereal crops, by crossing the hybrids between two different pairs of inbred lines

dou′ble cross′

1. a betrayal or swindle of a friend or colleague.
2. the act of winning or attempting to win a contest that one has agreed to lose.
3. a genetic cross in which both parents are first-generation hybrids from single crosses.


to betray or swindle, esp. by an action contrary to an agreed upon course.
dou′ble-cross′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.double cross - an act of betrayal; "he gave us the old double cross"; "I could no longer tolerate his impudent double-crossing"
betrayal, perfidy, treachery, treason - an act of deliberate betrayal
Verb1.double cross - betray by double-dealing
betray, sell - deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"

double cross

An act of betraying:
Slang: sellout.
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