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double down

to increase effort

TRANSLATION

to double down on something = etw. verdoppeln (Wette, Anlage, Risiko, Anstrengung, usw.); etwas signifikant erhöhen

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Johnson was so furious after last Wednesday’s prime minister’s questions … that he turned on his staff for leaving him under-prepared,  and asked them… to go after (Keir) Starmer’s legal record and DOUBLE DOWN on the attacks on him.”

The Guardian

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know?

double down
phrasal verb

- strengthen one’s commitment to a particular strategy or course of action, typically one that is potentially risky

Cambridge Dictionary


ORIGIN

First known use in 1949, from the game of blackjack and meaning to double the original bid in exchange for only one more card.


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