double-dip [duhb-uh l-dip] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object), dou·ble-dipped, dou·ble-dip·ping.

  1. Informal. to earn a salary from one position while collecting a pension from the same employer or organization, especially to be a wage earner on the federal payroll while receiving a military retiree’s pension.


  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a double dip.

Origin of double-dip First recorded in 1960–65 Related formsdou·ble-dip·per, noun double dip noun

  1. a complement equal to the original; a double measure: a double dip of protection through both insurance and Social Security.
  2. something that happens twice in a cycle, especially on a downturn: a double dip of recession.

Examples from the Web for double-dip Contemporary Examples of double-dip

  • With Europe stuck in a double-dip recession, the United States once again finds itself a prime engine of global growth.

    America’s Economy Is Outperforming Rivals Because the U.S. Is Excelling at Globalization

    Robert Shapiro

    June 8, 2013

  • More uncertainty could force a further credit squeeze on an economy that has just entered a double-dip recession.

    Barclays, NatWest, LIBOR: Britain’s ‘Perfect Storm’ of Scandal

    Peter Jukes

    July 3, 2012

  • But the question is whether the employment and output gaps will get worse—i.e., are we headed for a double-dip recession?

    Will We Double-Dip?

    August 6, 2011

  • As a result, we do run a higher risk of a double-dip recession than we did several months ago.

    Will We Double-Dip?

    August 6, 2011

  • Despite an initial rally after today’s jobs report, the Dow took another hit, sagging on fears of a double-dip recession.

    Wild Ride on Wall Street

    August 5, 2011

  • British Dictionary definitions for double-dip double dip noun

    1. economics
      1. a recession in which a brief recovery in output is followed by another fall, because demand remains low
      2. (as modifier)a double-dip recession

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