double Dutch

(redirected from high Dutch)

double Dutch

1. Indecipherable or nonsense speech. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'm not a programmer, so I have no idea what they're saying in there—it all sounds like double Dutch to me. When you teach preschoolers, you get used to hearing double Dutch all day.
2. A style of jumping rope in which two ropes are swung at the same time in opposite directions. I'm pretty good at jumping rope, but I always get tangled up when I try double Dutch.
See also: double, Dutch

double Dutch

 
1. language or speech that is difficult or impossible to understand. This book on English grammar is written in double Dutch. I can't understand a word. Try to find a lecturer who speaks slowly, not one who speaks double Dutch.
2. a game of jumping rope using two ropes swung simultaneously in opposite directions. The girls were playing double Dutch in the schoolyard.
See also: double, Dutch

double Dutch

1. Language that cannot be understood, gibberish, as in They might have been speaking double Dutch, for all I understood. This usage dates from the 1870s (an earlier version, however, had it as high Dutch) and is heard less often today than the synonym double talk.
2. A game of jump rope in which players jump over two ropes swung in a crisscross fashion.
See also: double, Dutch

ˌdouble ˈDutch

(British English, informal) language that is impossible to understand: I wish someone would explain this contract in simple language — it’s all double Dutch to me!
See also: double, Dutch
References in classic literature ?
He had, early in their acquaintance, formed an attachment for Marmaduke Temple, who was the only man that could not speak High Dutch that ever gained his en tire confidence Four times in each year, at periods equidistant, he left his low stone dwelling on the banks of the Mohawk, and travelled thirty miles, through the hills, to the door of the mansion-house in Templeton.
In the course of a few weeks, and by assiduously conversing with Herr Kirsch on the box of the carriage, Georgy made prodigious advance in the knowledge of High Dutch, and could talk to hotel waiters and postilions in a way that charmed his mother and amused his guardian.
High Dutch was the language of southern Germany and Low Dutch was the language of The Netherlands, while Double Dutch was another phrase for High Dutch.
For example, UK wholesale prices have not followed high Dutch pig prices and the bacon market has been deflationary for a long time.
His High Dutch was good enough for him to address a meeting of the Dutch Cabinet in the Hague for several hours on end.
The new version features the High Dutch dialect of the language, including the application, user guide, help, and license agreement.
There is also a valuable essay by Andrew Ross on the role of the Scottish evangelicals in reviving and shaping the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, even though they were already well on the way to going native -- using High Dutch in church and Afrikaans for less formal occasions -- and were relatively unaffected by the Scots conflict of Church and State.
Full browser ?