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double down

1. In blackjack, to double one's wager after seeing one's initial hand of cards, with only one more card allowed to be drawn afterward. Having already lost a massive sum, he decided to double down an already huge bet to try to win back some of his money.
2. By extension, to significantly increase or strengthen effort, investment, or resolve toward some goal, strategy, or action so as to maximize the potential yield as a result. The president made clear that he intends to double down the government's involvement in the war overseas. With the market booming, many companies are doubling down their development in mobile apps and games.
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double down

v.
To double one's original bet after being dealt the first two cards in a game of blackjack: The dealer dealt me a good hand, so I doubled down.
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In order to do that, we have to double-down on R&D, which is why we have announced this investment today.
Russia needs to be a part of the solution and not be distributing so much more weapons and so much more aid that they're in fact enabling Assad to double-down.
Instead, I urge the WTO members to get bolder: Double-Down on Doha.
We double-down on the nose on the lead play over the guard and double-down on the DT for the power play in the off-tackle hole.
Gates can whine about the verdict all he likes (he's still a kid at heart, remember), but in my opinion, he actually wants to double-down and own two Microsoft-brand companies instead of one, if for no other reason than to be able to grin and call over his shoulder: "Born and raised in the briar patch
And if anglers have a double-down card, which can be obtained at stores of sponsors Vermont Fishing and Tackle (10522 S.