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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.
See also: double, down
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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'Teams have to double-down or help or collapse on June Mar all the time.
Castro also echoed Racela, saying that TNT has to double-down on the little things for the squad to perform at par with fellow league leaders.
Obama made it perfectly clear that his country will "be engaging Russia to let them know that you can't continue to double-down on a strategy that is doomed to failure." To be sure, Russia denies that it has been helping to build Assad's army in the fight in Syria.
"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. Which is creating an enormous problem."
Instead, I urge the WTO members to get bolder: Double-Down on Doha.
He said his division would "double-down" its investment in software-plus-services including Web-based Office applications.
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!"