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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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The trade rhetoric continues to heat up and Trump earlier doubled-down, talking up a second meeting with Putin to resolve a host of issues, while calling the "Fake News Media" the "real enemy of the people." Stocks have remained underwater and the 2-year yield eased to 2.61% from over 2.63%; the 5-year yield slumped to 2.75% from near 2.80% earlier; the 10-year toppled to 2.85% from 2.895%; and the 30-year dove to 2.97% from over 3.005%.
(He then doubled-down by announcing second-week guests including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and U.N.
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bankruptcy said the company 'doubled-down' on risky trading activity in 2007, exceeding its own limits as the sub-prime mortgage business was developing into a crisis.