The phrase “double down” is an expression that is used frequently in everyday conversation and writing. Here you will find the meaning of the phrase and the story behind its origin. You will also find examples of how to properly use this phrase in conversations/statements and other ways you can say the expression while still conveying the same meaning.
Double Down Meaning
The phrase “double down” means to put forth the additional effort or risk in a situation or argument, even if you know the outcome will be a mistake or will be negative.
Origin of this idiom
This helpful English idiom originates from the game of blackjack, which has been around and played in many variations since 1601. Players are dealt cards and attempt for those cards to add up to 21 or as close to 21 as possible to beat a dealer. Players make a bet and then are dealt two cards. Before any additional cards are dealt to the player, the player can choose to double their bet based on the two cards already in their hand. This became known as “double down,” creating a greater risk for them to lose more money if they did not win.
“Double Down” Examples
Examples in Statements
A statement made by a police officer after arresting a wanted suspect.
- “Although he refused to come out of the house when we told him we would release the dog, he decided to double down and stay inside.”
A statement made on a radio show when a guest was asked a question about his recent efforts.
- “Even though our efforts did not pay off the first time, that is not proof it won’t work. We are going to double down our efforts and try again.”
Examples in Conversations
A conversation between two friends regarding one’s marriage.
- Friend 1: Is the counseling helping your relationship at all?
- Friend 2: I don’t know, to be honest. It seems like it is helping, but the counselor says it will take time.
- Friend 1: I am sure it will, but I am also sure it will be okay as long as you guys love each other enough to get through it.
- Friend 2: We do and that is why we are both committed to double down our efforts and make it through this rough patch.
A conversation between two co-workers.
- Co-worker 1: This project seems to be going in the wrong direction.
- Co-worker 2: I don’t know. I think if we double down and keep going, the project will be completed successfully.
Other Ways to Say “Double Down”
Like most phrases, the phrase “double down” can be said in several different ways to convey the same meaning.
Some of the other things you could say include:
- I’m going to stick to my guns.
- I am going to dig in my heels.
- I am going to raise the stakes.