November 4, 2013 - Word of the Day
To double something is to increase an amount by two:
- Jim doubled his investment. He started with $3000 and ended up with $6000.
- Construction on the highway doubled Natalya's commute from 20 minutes to 40 minutes.
- Thanks to a new computer system, the company has doubled the productivity of its workers.
- When Gunther moved to Minneapolis to accept a new position, he doubled his salary.
There are many expressions and common uses for the word "double."
- I need this to be completed on the double. (on the double = very quickly)
- The police are doubling their efforts to catch the kidnappers. (double = a large increase)
- David Ortiz hit a double to left field. (In baseball, a double is a hit that allows a player to get to second base.)
- Sarah's key chain doubles as a flashlight. (double = to add an additional function)
- The motel room has a double bed. (double bed = a bed for two people and larger than a twin-size bed but smaller than a queen size.)
- A blackjack player doubled down on his bet and lost all of his money. (double down = increase a bet by making it twice as large.)
- The man doubled over in pain. (double over = bend over, usually when there is stomach pain)
- Identical twins made me think, at first, that I was seeing double. (see double = to experience an illusion in which two images appear)
- I can't stay long because my car is double parked. (double park = to park parallel to another car parked along a curb. This is illegal but common in big cities.)
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