"Rick Perry _double_ _downed_ on his denial of climate science."

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 3 21:32:40 UTC 2011

These are not "double down" but just "down" = defeat, with the subject
being "double" = two scores.

On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 1:26 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu> wrote:
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> two confounding uses of "double down" as a verb -- both with "down" as the head (so it takes the inflection), both from sports reporting.  these uses were new to me, and i'm not entirely sure of my glossing.
> 1. transitive "double down" 'defeat two times':
>  Tornado Volleyball Double Downed at Tusculum [defeated in two matches]
> http://kingtornado.com/sports/wvball/2011-12/releases/20110911t6vfzz
>  Double downed
>  Bucks fall to Scarlets, Lakers in Saturday twinbill [baseball]
> http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/sports/article_dc710e74-7933-11e0-a380-001cc4c002e0.html
>  France double downed Slovenia
>  France beat Slovenia (30-29) in PAOK Sport Arena, for a second time in as many matches in this tournament and will now oppose Spain for the 5th place. [handball]
> http://www.handball2011.gr/index.php/olderarticles/219-france-double-downed-slovenia
> 2. transitive "double down" 'score two goals on' [said of a soccer player on the winning team]
>  Montero double downs Timbers
>  Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero scored two goals to help his side beat Major League Soccer rivals Portland Timbers 3-2 on Sunday.
> http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/933413/mls:-montero-double-downs-portland-timbers?cc=5901
>  Miller double downs Saints
>  Kenny Miller's brace helped Cardiff beat Southampton 2-1 to inflict only a second defeat of the season on the early Championship pacesetters
> http://www.teamtalk.com/championship/7209625/Miller-double-downs-Saints
>  Leeds 3 Crystal Palace 2: McCormack double downs Eagles
>  Scotland international striker [Ross] McCormack scored the first and last goals of an end-to-end game ...
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2035868/Leeds-3-Crystal-Palace-2-Ross-McCormack-double-downs-Eagles.html
> (i exclude here the noun "Double Down" for the KFC Double Down Sandwich, introduced in 2010)
> arnold
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