double-cross


double-cross
double-crosses, double-crossing, double-crossed
If someone you trust double-crosses you, they do something which harms you instead of doing something they had promised to do. [INFORMAL]

[V n] Don't try and double-cross me, Taylor, because I'll kill you...

[V n] They were frightened of being double-crossed.

Syn:
N-COUNT
Double-cross is also a noun.

...a novel about double-crosses, blackmail and intrigue.


English dictionary. 2008.

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