- Strengthen one’s commitment to a particular strategy or course of action, typically one that is potentially risky.
- ‘he decided to double down and escalate the war’
- ‘the third quarter of the year saw central banks doubling down on the quantitative easing approach’
- ‘We are doubling down on diplomacy in the surrounding region.’
- ‘He wants to double down on health care policies that will only work for the healthy and the wealthy.’
- ‘Research shows that people with strong feelings of self-efficacy not only don’t quit when problems arise, they double down and try harder.’
- ‘But now is the time to double down and actually make those investments so that when the recovery starts we’re in a strong position and can take a share and be more successful than we were in the past.’
- ‘We’re using this time right now to double down and try to fix some of our problems.’
- ‘We appear to be doubling down on a policy that has failed.’
- ‘I’m betting that the bankers will, for the most part double down.’
- ‘At the same time, many employers who’ve had to kick in more money to keep pensions solvent doubled down on efforts to rid themselves of old plans.’
- ‘We have to reverse those policies, not double down on them.’
- ‘The company doubled down on its promotional activity by offering a $100 gift card with the purchase of any smartphone between August 14 and August 26th.’
- ‘If we continue to strengthen our focus, build on the alliances forged in the last year, and double down on key commitments shared in this room today, then we can ensure that this fight for dignity is never in question again.’
2. (in blackjack) double a bet after seeing one’s initial cards, with the requirement that one additional card be drawn.